(October 6, 1744-December 19, 1813)
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Fur trader and land speculator in Canada
In his will left £10,000 and 46 acres of land to found McGill University in Montreal
Why he might be annoying
Although he attended the University of Glasgow, he left without a degree.
He owned slaves.
Apparently taking no chances on the people of Montreal showing the proper degree of gratitude, he made naming the university after himself a condition of the bequest.
Why he might not be annoying
As a fur trapper, he spent nine years living off the land and travelling in unmapped wilderness.
As a colonel in the Canadian militia, he played a leading role in the defense of Montreal during the War of 1812.
He provided generously for two stepsons and the orphaned daughter of a friend.
While serving in the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada, he helped establish the Royal Institute for the Advancement of Learning to establish a formal education system in the country.
Credit: C. Fishel
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