Historic Sites of Manitoba: Thomas Douglas, Fifth Earl of Selkirk Plaque (300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg)

After establishing colonies of the disposed peasantry of Ireland and his native Scotland in Prince Edward Island and Upper Canada, Thomas Douglas, the Fifth Lord Selkirk, secured from the Hudson’s Bay Company a grant of land in southern Rupert’s Land. Here between 1811 and 1815 he brought colonists to found an agricultural settlement in the heart of the fur country, thus launching the final stage of the bitter conflict between the Hudson’s Bay Company and North West Company. He spent his fortune and energies on this struggle until his death paved the way for the union of the companies, which resolved the conflict and saved the colony.

A commemorative plaque, dedicated in 1955 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, is located in the small triangular park created at the intersection of Colony Street and Memorial Boulevard north of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Thomas Douglas, Fifth Earl of Selkirk commemorative plaque

Thomas Douglas, Fifth Earl of Selkirk commemorative plaque (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Thomas Douglas, Fifth Earl of Selkirk commemorative plaque

Thomas Douglas, Fifth Earl of Selkirk commemorative plaque (December 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89024, W97.15071
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance


Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 June 2022

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