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Scope and content
Fonds consists of correspondence of Roderick MacFarlane with various officials of the Hudson's Bay Company and other individuals. Correspondents include Donald Smith (Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal), Alexander Christie, James Anderson, Sir Robert Borden, and Arthur Meighen. The collection also includes some correspondence between other company officials including some of Governor George Simpson.
Textual records The finding aid is a descriptive list of the correspondence, arranged by names of the authors. MSS0579 90 (Electronic)
Biography / Administrative history
Roderick MacFarlane was born in Stornoway, Scotland. In 1852 he entered the service of the Hudson's Bay Company. He was posted to Fort Good Hope in the Mackenzie River region in the following year. In 1857 he conducted an exploratory expedition down the Beghula River which he renamed the Anderson River in honour of Chief Factor James Anderson. He was awarded Queen Victoria's Arctic Medal for this exploit in 1902. Promoted to Chief Trader in 1868, he was in the Red River area during the 1870 uprising and met Donald Smith at that time. In 1870 he married the daughter of Chief Factor Alexander Christie and was given charge of the Athabaska district. He was active in the negotiations which led to the Deed Poll of 1871.
In 1872 MacFarlane was promoted to Factor and three years later to Chief Factor. He subsequently served in the New Caledonia and Cumberland districts.
1. Canada - Fur trade, 1834-1918 Hudson's Bay Company, [ca.1834]-1918.
2. Alexander Christie, [ca.1834]-1918.
3. Sir Robert Borden, [ca.1834]-1918.
4. Arthur Meighen, [ca.1834]-1918.
5. George Simpson, [ca.1834]-1918.
6. Donald Alexander Smith, Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, [ca.1834]-1918.
7. James Anderson, [ca.1834]-1918.
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