Miles Macdonell, soldier, governor of Assiniboia (born c 1767 in Inverness-shire, Scotland; died 28 June 1828 in Pointe-Fortune, Upper Canada). Macdonell immigrated with his family to New York in 1773, and eventually followed them to Upper Canada, where he began farming. He was appointed a captain in the Royal Canadian Volunteers in 1796, but after the corps' disbandment in 1802, he came to Lord Selkirk's attention in 1804. Selkirk supported his unsuccessful efforts in 1806–07 to raise a force of Glengarry Fencibles and backed his ultimate appointment as sheriff of the Home District in 1807. Called to England by Selkirk in 1810, he was appointed first governor of Assiniboia in 1811, and led the initial party of settlers to the Red River Colony in 1812. His belligerent attitude exacerbated conflict between the colony and the North West Company, and he suffered severe emotional instability. Arrested and sent to Montréal in 1815 by the Nor'Westers, he was back in Assiniboia as governor in 1817, but soon returned to Montréal. His last years were spent in semiretirement on his farm near Osnaburgh, Upper Canada.
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- Bumsted, J.M.. "Miles Macdonell". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 17 November 2014, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/miles-macdonell. Accessed 01 October 2023.
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- Bumsted, J. (2014). Miles Macdonell. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/miles-macdonell
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- Bumsted, J.M.. "Miles Macdonell." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published January 16, 2008; Last Edited November 17, 2014.
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- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Miles Macdonell," by J.M. Bumsted, Accessed October 01, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/miles-macdonell
Article by J.M. Bumsted
Published Online January 16, 2008
Last Edited November 17, 2014