William McTavish of Dunardry (1815 - 1870)

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Birthplace: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: Died in Liverpool, Lancashire, England
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About William McTavish of Dunardry


Twenty-first Chief of the Clan McTavish, Chief Trader at York Factory, 1846-56, 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, 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

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]


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

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


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William McTavish of Dunardry's Timeline

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