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Sir George Simpson

Also Known As: ""The Little Emperor" "Father of the Fur Trade""
Birthplace: Ross-Shire, UK
Death: Died in Lachine, QC, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of George Simpson and N. N.
Husband of Frances Ramsey Simpson
Partner of Unknown Scottish Partner; Mary Keith; Margaret Simpson and Elizabeth Sinclair
Father of Ann Simpson; Isabella Gordon; Maria Louisa McTavish; James Keith Simpson; George Stewart Simpson and 7 others

Occupation: Hudson's Bay Company Governor-in-Chief
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About Sir George Simpson

SIMPSON, Sir GEORGE, governor of the HBC, author, and businessman; b. probably in 1786 or 1787 in the parish of Lochbroom (Highland), Scotland, son of George Simpson; m. 24 Feb. 1830 his cousin Frances Ramsay Simpson in the parish of Bromley St Leonard (London), and they had five children; four of whom survived infancy; d. 7 Sept. 1860 in Lachine, Lower Canada.

"When he was referred to as 'the father of the fur trade,' it was sometimes with a nudge and a knowing wink." --Company of Adventurers, by Peter C. Newman

George Simpson the Chairman of the Hudson Bay Company from 1820 - 1860 in Ruperts Land.

Margaret Taylor was his "country" wife from 1826-1830

Note: The various partners, wives, and offspring of Sir George have been aligned with the account in Red River It is unclear whether Simpson had two "partners" in Scotland and England before he arrived in Canada or one. Isabella and Maria Louisa are shown having the same mother for simplicity sake. (DWY Simpson Oct 2015)

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Sir George Simpson's Timeline

Ross-Shire, UK
Age 23
United Kingdom
Age 25
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
February 10, 1822
Age 30
Age 31
Age 34
February 11, 1827
Age 35
York Factory, Division No. 23, Manitoba, Canada
October 3, 1828
Age 36
Montreal, Montreal, Québec, Canada
August 1829
Age 37
September 2, 1831
Age 39
Rawdon, Matawinie Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada