McGill, James, 1744-1813

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McGill, James, 1744-1813

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1744-1813

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James McGill was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1744, and entered Glasgow University in 1756 but did not receive a degree. He later immigrated to the American colonies and the first known North American reference to McGill dates from 1766. In about 1774 he made his headquarters in Montréal and, in partnership with Isaac Todd, he played a leading role in the fur trade for many years. For a time he was also associated with his brothers, Andrew and John. McGill was never a member of the North West Co., although he was a charter member of the Beaver Club of Montréal. From 1792 to 1796 and from 1800 to 1804 he represented a Montréal constituency in the Lower Canada Legislature, and in 1793 he was appointed to the Executive Council. In 1776 McGill married the widow of a former colleague, Amable Desrivières. In 1813 he bequeathed a large part of his estate to the Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning in order to found and endow a college bearing his name. After delays and litigation by heirs, McGill College was inaugurated in 1829.

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Desrivières, François-Amable Trottier, 1764-1830. (1764-1830)

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1776

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McGill married Charlotte Trottier Desrivières, née Guillimin, in 1776 making François Desrivières his step-son.

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Todd, Isaac, 1742-1819. (1742-1819)

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Todd, Isaac, 1742-1819. is the business partner of McGill, James, 1744-1813

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Todd, McGill and Company. (1776-1797)

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Todd, McGill and Company. is the associate of McGill, James, 1744-1813

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Caldwell, James, -1815 (active 1792)

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Caldwell, James, -1815 is the friend of McGill, James, 1744-1813

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Hadfield, Joseph, 1759-1851. (1759-1851)

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associative

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Hadfield, Joseph, 1759-1851. is the friend of McGill, James, 1744-1813

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McGill, Marie-Charlotte, 1747-1818 (1747-1818)

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family

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McGill, Marie-Charlotte, 1747-1818 is the spouse of McGill, James, 1744-1813

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1776

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