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Re: McVICAR, Robert of Fort William & Hudson Bay Company
Posted by: Richard J.F. Pringle (ID *****6924) Date: April 03, 2004 at 10:58:08
In Reply to: McVICAR, Robert of Fort William & Hudson Bay Company by Eleanor Burch of 183

I wonder if this would be Robert McVicar (b. 11 Aug 1793), born at Gartachosan, Islay, Argyll, Scotland? His spouse, I believe, was Christy McBeth (b. 1810). She died 14 Jun 1878, at Ft. William. Robert was one of at least 4 boys borne to Archibald McVicar and Margaret McEachern. Most of the boys joined the Hudsons Bay Co. and went to Canada. There were also at least 5 girls.
The first names that I have are Duncan, Catherine, Elizabeth, John, Margaret, Robert, Walter, Helen and Isabell.
I am descended from Walter.
The only notes I have on this Robert are:
In May 1816 Peter Skene Ogden crossed the boundary between physical assault, which had become commonplace in the trade war, and killing, which had not. According to HBC officer James Bird, in charge at Edmonton House (Edmonton), Ogden and a small group of his men forced the HBC clerk at Green Lake, Robert McVicar*, to hand over to them a local Indian who had persisted in trading with the British company. When McVicar complied the Indian was "butchered in a most cruel manner" a short distance from the fort.


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