A businessman active in the militia, he served with the Quebec Rifles on the Red River Expedition . He remained in Manitoba in command of the Provisional Battalion of Rifles until he joined the police in 1875. As assistant commissioner (1876-80) and commissioner (1880-86), he was responsible for policing the Indigenous nations while they were settled on reserves. His warnings that the harsh Indigenous settlement policy could lead to rebellion were ignored. When the North-West Resistance broke out in 1885, he led a column of police to Prince Albert where he remained until the end of the fighting. His inaction was widely criticized and he resigned. Subsequently, he was warden of Stony Mountain Penitentiary (1892-1913) and Kingston Penitentiary (1913-14).
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- McCullough, A.B.. "Acheson Gosford Irvine". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 23 June 2014, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/acheson-gosford-irvine. Accessed 11 December 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- McCullough, A. (2014). Acheson Gosford Irvine. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/acheson-gosford-irvine
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- McCullough, A.B.. "Acheson Gosford Irvine." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 27, 2008; Last Edited June 23, 2014.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Acheson Gosford Irvine," by A.B. McCullough, Accessed December 11, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/acheson-gosford-irvine
Acheson Gosford Irvine
Article by A.B. McCullough
Published Online February 27, 2008
Last Edited June 23, 2014