Roderick Finlayson

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Roderick Finlayson
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Born (1818-03-16)March 16, 1818
Loch Alsh (Kyle of Lochalsh), Scotland
Died January 20, 1892(1892-01-20) (aged 73)
Victoria, British Columbia

Roderick Finlayson (March 16, 1818 – January 20, 1892) was a Canadian Hudson's Bay Company officer, farmer, businessman, and politician.

Born in Loch Alsh (Kyle of Lochalsh), Scotland, Finlayson came to North America in 1837. He moved to Lower Canada into an apprentice clerk position with the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Finlayson worked under Charles Ross in the building of Fort Victoria in 1843 to 1844. Upon Ross's death, which he mentions with sympathy in his autobiography, Finlayson became Chief Factor. After James Douglas arrived in 1849 Finlayson was reassigned to second in command. Also in 1849 he married Sarah Work, one John Work's Metis daughters. Finlayson was one of the few to see Victoria grow from bare ground to the Capital of British Columbia.

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