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The Laird of Fort William
William McGillivray and the North West Company
By (author): Irene Ternier Gordon
Irene Ternier Gordon


Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd.



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 14, 2013
$19.95 CAD


9in x 6 x 0.62 in | 340 gr

Page Count:

208 pages
Heritage House Publishing
Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd.
HISTORY / Canada / Pre-Confederation (to 1867)

High finance, wilderness adventures, violence, and questionable legal tactics all played important roles in the history of the North West Company. William McGillivray, head of the company from 1804 until 1821, was arguably the most powerful businessman in Canada in the early 19th century.

William McGillivray emigrated from the Scottish Highlands to work for his uncle Simon McTavish when he was 20 years old and became head of the NWC in 1804 upon McTavish’s death. The period from 1805 to 1814 was a time of quick expansion and great prosperity for the company; however, its decline was even more rapid. It could be argued that the NWC did not merge with the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1821 but rather was swallowed up by it. By the time William died in 1825, the McGillivray family had been forced into bankruptcy.

Set against the background of the history and legacy of the NWC, this engaging biography tells McGillivray’s complete story, from his early years in Scotland, immigration to Canada, and fur-trading successes to his eventual downfall.

Irene Ternier Gordon lives along the Assiniboine River in Headingley, Manitoba. She has had a passion for history and writing since childhood. After a career as a teacher-librarian, she became a freelance writer in 1998. She shares Grey Owl’s love of canoeing in the wilderness and also enjoys skiing, sailing, hiking, swimming and travelling. Above all, she enjoys spending time with her two young grandsons, Jesse and Riley.

First biography of one of one of the wealthiest and most powerful businessmen in British North America in the early days of the 19th Century. 

Appeals to people interested in Canadian history, the fur trade, the Hudson’s Bay Company and early development of North America.
Fort William is a busy tourist destination in the Thunder Bay area.

Wide distribution of digital ARCs to national magazines including MacLean’s, Canada’s History, the Canadian Historical Review, as well as several history-specific bloggers and freelance writers.

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“Irene Gordon, a true daughter of the Saskatchewan prairies, provides an informative outine of the western operations of the North West Company as historical background to this long overdue biography of William McGillivray. A casual reader or interested scholar will not find a better description of the demands of the trade upon McGillivray and his brothers, Duncan and Simon.” —Robert Roxcurran and John Jackson, BC Studies

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