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Lord Selkirk and His Agents, The Forks and the Battle of Seven Oaks in Manitoba History

Bumstead, J. M.

This article concerns the expectations Lord Selkirk had of his deputies. The agents most discussed are from the Red River: Miles McDonell (1767-1828), Owen Keveny (d.1816), Colin Robertson (1738-1842), Robert Semple (1777-1816), Archibald McDonald (1790-1853) and Alexander Macdonell (1774-ca.1828); and from Upper Canada (Baldoon): William Burn (1758-1804), Alexander McDonell (1762-1842), Dr. John Sims (fl.1806-09). There is also mention of agents from Selkirk’s Prince Edward Island settlement. The author discusses the fact that Lord Selkirk employed others to manage his affairs, and expected the agents to cope with many unforeseen events (disease, geographical difficulties and hostility among peoples). There are photographs and a map.

Bumstead, J. M.. 1994. Lord Selkirk and His Agents. In The Forks and the Battle of Seven Oaks in Manitoba History, edited by Robert Coutts and Richard Stuart, 71-77. Winnipeg: Manitoba Historical Society. [ Article (FHNSC, UW, ML) ]

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