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William McTavish of Dunardry

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Birthplace: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: Died in Liverpool, Lancashire, England
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Son of Dugald McTavish of Dunardry and Letitia Lockhart
Husband of Marian Rendall and Mary Sarah McDermot
Father of William McTavish; Margaret McTavish; Mary McTavish; Harriet McTavish; James William McTavish of Dunardry and 3 others
Brother of Letitia McTavish and Dugald McTavish

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About William McTavish of Dunardry

WILLIAM MACTAVISH OF DUNARDRY (1815-70)

Twenty-first Chief of the Clan McTavish, The Hudson's Bay Company's Clerk/Accountantant at York Factory, 1833-46, The Company's Chief Trader at York Factory, 1846-56, Officer in Charge at Fort Garry, 1857-64, Governor of Assiniboia,1858, Acting Governor of Rupert's Land, 1860-62, President of the Courts of Red River and Rupert's Land,1861-62, and Governor of Rupert's Land, 1864-70

William McTavish of Dunardry was a Scottish-born representative of the Hudson's Bay Company, who acted as governor of Rupert's Land and Assiniboia prior to the transfer of Rupert's Land to Canada and the creation of the province of Manitoba in 1870 [Wikipedia] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Mactavish He was the eldest son of Dugald Mactavish of Dunardry, an Edinburgh lawyer, and his wife, Letitia Lockhart. He was born at Edinburgh in Midlothian, Scotland, on 29 March 1815 and died at Liverpol in Lancashire, England, on 3 July 1870 [N. Jaye Goossen, €œMACTAVISH, WILLIAM,€ in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 9, University of Toronto/University Laval, 2003] http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/mactavish_william_9E.html. Also see [The Manitoba Historical Society: Memorable Manitobans] http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/mctavish_w.shtml

[The Hudson's Bay Company Archives: Biographical Sheets] http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/biographical/mc/mctavish_william.pdf

Last Will and Testament

William McTavish's will was proved by his wife Sarah, who was named as executrix, in the Principal Registry of Her Majesty’s Court Probate on 18 May 1871. At the time, her address was 29 Lower Phillimore-place, Kensington, Middlesex County. This was the home of her sister-in-law, Florence Mactavish (48 years old), and was a very respectable address, outside of the city of London proper at the time [Provisional Government of Assiniboia] http://hallnjean2.wordpress.com/the-red-river-resistence/women-and-the-resistance/mary-sarah-mcdermot-mactavish/ and [London Gazette] http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/23746/pages/2765/page.pdf

First Marriage a la facon du pays

William McTavish of Dunardry married Marian Rendall, according to he custom of the country, at York Factory in Manitoba, Canada. They had a daughter named Harriet McTavish, who was born at York Factory in 1850, or 1851. She died at Stromness in Orkney, Scotland, on 10 January 1873 [Registrar General for Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh, Statutory Register of Death for 1873, registration district number 30 (Stromness), entry number 3] and was buried in Stromness Kirkyard [Orkney Family History Society: Monumental Inscriptions in Stromness Kirkyard, Kirkyard (Section A), Inscription A/107]

Children

William McTavish of Dunardry is certainly known to have had two daughters by his country wife, Marian Rendall (Otherwise Margaret Rendall) but there is good reason for believing that they had four children together, before he abandoned her at York Factory. The children's names follow:

(1) William McTavish

(2) Margaret McTavish

(3) Mary McTavish

(4) Harriet McTavish

Second Marriage


William McTavish of Dunardry married, Mary Sarah McDermot [The Hudson's Bay Company Archives: Biographical Sheets] http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/biographical/mc/mctavish_william.pdf the daughter of Andrew McDermot, and his wife, Sarah McNab, the daughter of Thomas McNab and a Salteaux woman named Mary Jane.[Provisional Government of Assiniboia] http://hallnjean2.wordpress.com/the-red-river-resistence/women-and-the-resistance/mary-sarah-mcdermot-mactavish/

Children

(1) James William McTavish of Dunardry

(2) Mary Letitia McTavish

(3) Andrew Dugald McTavish of Dunardry

(4) Florence Anne McTavish

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EVIDENCE FOR MCTAVISH CHILDREN IN ORKNEY, 1861-73

      1

MANSE LANE, STROMNESS, ORKNEY, 1861: (1) Stewart Loutit, Head, Single, Female, age 35, Housekeeper, born Stromness (2) Margaret Loutit, Sister, Single, Female, age 32, Music Teacher, born Stromness (3) Catherine Loutit, Sister, Single, Female, age 30, Fancy Crochet Worker, born Stromness (4) William McTavish, Visitor, Single, Male, age 17, Scholar, born Canada: Hudson Bay Territory [Orkney Family History Society: 1861 Census Return for Stromness in Orkney].

       2

MAIN STREET, STROMNESS, ORKNEY,1861: (1) Margaret Mowat, Head, Widow, Female, Age 51, Housekeeper, born Stromness (2) Thomas Mowat, Son,, Male, Age 17, Baker, born Stromness (3) Euphemia Flett, Mother, Widow, Female, Age 80, born Stenness (4) Margaret McTavish, Boarder, Female, Age 15, Scholar, born Canada: York Factory, Hudson Bay (5) Mary McTavish, Boarder, Female, Age 12, Scholar, born Canada: York Factory, Hudson Bay (6) Harriet McTavish, Boarder, Female, Age 11, Scholar, born Canada: York Factory, Hudson Bay, (7) Margaret Anderson, Boarder, Female, Age15, Scholar, born Canada: York Factory, Hudson Bay [Orkney Family History Society: 1861 Census Return for Stromness in Orkney, Scotland]

      3

Death registration certificate of William McTavish, pupil, boarder (Single), died at the United Presbyterian Manse in the parish of Firth, on 2 February 1863, age 18 years, parents not named, cause of death was Epilepsy. The death was registered on information supplied by Alexander Bain, Procurator Fiscal [Registrar General for Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh, Statutory Register of Death for 1863, registration district number 17 (Firth), entry number 3].

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ALFRED STREET, STROMNESS, ORKNEY, 1871: (1) Margaret Mowat, Head, Widow, Female, Age 62, born Stromness (2) Margaret McTavish, Boarder, Single, Female, Age 26, Dressmaker, born Canada: Hudson Bay (3) Harriet McTavish, Boarder, Single, Female, Age 20, Milliner, born Canada: Hudson Bay [Orkney Family History Society: 1871 Census Return for Stromness in Orkney, Scotland]

       5

Death registration certificate of Harriet McTavish, Mantua Maker (illegitimate), single, died at Stromness, at midnight on 10 January 1873, age 25 years, daughter of William McTavish, Chief Factor, Hudson's Bay Co. (deceased), and Marian Rendall. Harriet’s death was registered by her guardian, George Halcro [Registrar General for Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh, Statutory Register of Deaths for 1873, registration district number 30 (Stromness), entry number 3].

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In memory of Harriet McTavish died 10 Jan 1873 aged 82 [Orkney Family History Society: Monumental Inscriptions in Stromness Kirkyard (Section A), inscription A/107] NOTE: Harriet McTavish was not 82 years old when she died. Her Guardian, George Halcro, reported her death to the local registrar and gave up her age as 25 years and the census returns for 1861 and 1871 suggest that she was about 22 years of age when she died.

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Marriage Registration for Mary McTavish, school teacher, dated 16 September 1879: Mary McTavish is said to be the daughter of William McTavish, Hudson Bay Gorvernor, and Margaret Rendall [Reigistrar General for Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh, Statutory Register of Marriage for 1879, registration district number 30 (Stromness), entry number 13].

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William McTavish of Dunardry's Timeline

1815
March 29, 1815
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
1843
1843
Age 27
Hudson's Bay Territory, Manitoba, Canada
1846
1846
Age 30
Hudson's Bay, Manitoba, Canada
1848
1848
Age 32
Hudson's Bay, Manitoba, Canada
1850
1850
Age 34
York Factory, Hudson's Bay, Manitoba, Canada
1859
1859
Age 43
1861
February 13, 1861
Age 45
1867
March 2, 1867
Age 51
1870
July 23, 1870
Age 55
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
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