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Thursday, August 25, 2011

What a sad state of affairs Pennygael House is in. Click the link.

Additionally FYI you should check these two other links out too. There is a possiblity for someone to make a nickel on this, I want 5% commission, to start this project here. Check bottom link under this picture.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Custom T-shirts, T-shirts printing & personalized T-shirts by mcgillivraynwco

Custom T-shirts, T-shirts printing & personalized T-shirts by mcgillivraynwco

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Truth about Canada - Susan McGillivray - Metis Mother - First Lady of Canada, not recognized, William McGillivray Father of Canada, NWC Chief Director, conspiracy to keep it quiet prevails.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Saskatchewan First Nation suing government for $4 million over missed $5 payments | News

Saskatchewan First Nation suing government for $4 million over missed $5 payments | News

I am going to go after the Canadian government for $185 million. Any lawyer want to help me do this Pro Bono for now. Your work will greatly be compensated. All my work is here on this page. Should you decide to accept I will forward the hard-copies! I know without a doubt I have a case, do you?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Exploring the Great Lakes Fur Trade, Highlights at the Wisconsin Historical Society

Exploring the Great Lakes Fur Trade, Highlights at the Wisconsin Historical Society

Would have been an honour to have been invited to this event seeing I'm an original descendant of Hon. William McGillivray. I have only been broadcasting this on the internet since the beginning of the year. He had twin Metis sons that have grown up in Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba & were never informed of their rich past. I have located he had bought a residence at 149 Broadway, in New York! Anybody send me pictures? Where can I find out who took over this place?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

CMA Blog AMC: Our Opinion / Notre opinion

CMA Blog AMC: Our Opinion / Notre opinion: "In this section , the CMA shares its opinion on news in the museal field. Dans cette section , l'AMC partage son opinion sur les nouvelles..."

I've contacted the CMA to ask for their support today with a long letter to the executive director.

Your Majesty, Pleasure was our family's to meet & chat with you, Sir.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

One of the Schooners that was sunk in the late summer of 1814 was the Nancy.

It was sunk at the mouth of the Nottawasaga River. I mention this because someone a few days ago was enquiring where the North West Company schooners were sunk. If they find it, I'd like to see it, for posterity sake or possibly to put at the McGillivray NorthWest Museum, should it ever be built. I will put more information how much the NorthWest Company contributed much more to the building of this nation. Hudson Bay Company did not participate as much as my ancestor, nor was he compensated enough for the country we so enjoy.

Another matter I want to point out to the ingrates at the Museum of Civilization who falsely portray our outstanding Metis community & First Nation people read this excerpt for yourself & tell me if your view changes on how you portray my ancestors.

"McGillivray Lord of the NorthWest" by Marjorie Wilkins-Campbell

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I believe a film should be made about the truth of Canada.

As a direct descendant of Hon. William McGillivary, Chief Director of the NorthWest Company, I wish to have a video produced publishing the real truth of how much the NWCo contributed to the building of Canada. It was a fur-trading company but in the War of 1812 it contributed 150 members of the Corps of Voyageurs & 6 schooners of its own company to protect the Canadian borders along the Great Lakes. The Chief Director was a Lt. Col and his twin son, Joseph McGillivray (my ancestor) fought as a Lt. He is buried somewhere on Mont Royal & should be put in the family tomb of Simon McTavish, where Duncan McGillivray (William's brother) & 2 infant McGillivray children are buried. For 20 years the Lachine (National Historic Site) operated importing & exporting the trade of goods to Fort William. Fort William is where my maternal ancestor is buried at Mountain view Cemetery at Thunder Bay. Fort William every year had an important meeting called the Great Rendezvous July 7 to 10th to renew trade relations. Montreal canoes had to portage 26 times to get there. From there smaller brigades of canoes where used to get the goods to the prairies. On June 19, 1816 the so-called Battle of Seven Oaks left 22 settlers of Lord Selkirk's men dead. McGillivray was charged for inciting this massacre but was never charged.  Often NWC Metis & traders would feed & take care of HBC men who had been warned by Simon McGillivray in England not to come to the prairies but for 3 years despite  hunger & promises of good housing & tools they came to try settling the Red River area. Selkirk had imposed a Pemican Tax to stop the flow of buffalo meat which was badly needed to feed everyone in the region. Thus it was called the Pemican War. It only lasted 15 minutes but this what was needed for Selkirk to have HBC promoted. They were also in dire straits with the Bank of England & easily could have been the ones who had gone under at the time of the amalgamation of 1821. This is part of the story I would like to get out. Canada paints my ancestor as greedy but in fact had a generous heart towards Canada. I therefore consider him the Father of Canada & Susan his Metis Wife as the the First Lady.
Great Rendezvous at Fort William

Posting my resume because I am looking for work not a handout!

July, 2011

Human Resource Manager:

Full-time or Part-time

As a new resident to this Hawkesbury, Ontario community I am very excited to submit an application for the position posted. Please accept the attached resume as my expression of interest in the above employment opportunity.   

I have demonstrated experience and a strong interest in electronics and computers. My training has prepared me for this exciting career field as an associate. I have acquired various skills in customer service, purchasing, shipping and receiving.  I am motivated to sell and to provide quality customer service. I have obtained certification in WHMIS, Hospitality & Tourism, Service Excellence, First Aid and CPR.

I would bring to your organization a sincere commitment to team collaboration with an energetic approach in performing and carrying out responsibilities.

I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in person to further discuss my qualifications as well as my suitability for this position.

Thank you.

Gil McGillivary

Gil McGillivary

Phone: 1-613-632-8286

960 Cartier Blvd, K6A 1W7

Hawkesbury, Ontario


To obtain a position in an environment where I can demonstrate my quality customer service skills, and continue to grow professionally and personally.


  • ü  Strong communication skills,
  • ü  Capable of meeting the public in friendly manner,
  • ü  Honest,
  • ü  Organized,
  • ü  Detail-oriented,
  • ü  Thoughtful,
  • ü  Willing to continuously learn & industrious,
  • ü  Strong numeracy and problem solving skills
  • ü  Dedicated.

Leadership Qualities: baseball & soccer coach

Technical Skills

Computer Skills: Adobe, Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel & PowerPoint) Apple and PC operating systems

Work Experience

Municipal Employee - Town of The Pas, 2010-2008
Provincial Worker – Cree Nation Child & Family Caring Agency 2007-2006
CounselorKawechetonawaw Center 2006
Probation Officer – Community Corrections 2005-2003
Native Court worker - Native Counseling Services of Alberta 1994-1992
Purchasing Agent - Canada Employment & Immigration 1990-92 Canada Place - Edmonton


Service Excellence Training – Ontario Tourism Education Corp. – Certification in Tourism Essentials (Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, Ottawa) Certificate in Retail Sales Associate. 2010
Bachelor of Arts - Concordia University College Major: World History/Native Culture; Minor: Information Sciences (Edmonton) 1995-1998.
U.C.E.P. Certificate - (Grade 12 equivalent), Concordia College - Edmonton

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Northwest Passage

North West Passage was discovered by explorers of the North West Company! McGillivray's map is at Toronto McGill University. I want this back.
Detroit was taken by the NWC.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I was upset CTV made Simon McTavish monument an amusement show for Halloween.

At the Mausoleum on a dark rainy night I & my family paid a visit halfway up Mount Royal, Montreal June 24. We took some pictures. We never had any paranormal activity. I doubt Duncan McGillivray nor the 2 infant McGillivrays from William & Magdalene would haunt their relatives. My wife said she suspected a face on the standing pillars of rocks behind the monument but when I inspected it all it was the rain coming off the rocks which gave it an appearance of a face. Other than that there was no ghostly apparitions. Nothing to be scared of.
I am upset the City of Montreal took it upon themselves to tear down a beautiful monument. It irritates me they went ahead without notification to me or other McGillivrays to disturb their resting places. I know McCord Museum have artifacts in their possession particularly because of their "archeological dig" which to me is blatant Grave-robbing. Additionally I am not impressed with CTV for sensationalizing this to suit their Halloween theme of reporting, they should learn journalism is based on facts not fear-factoring. If any good lawyer wants to contact me I would be happy to discuss a settlement plan.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Here is the Will & Testament of Simon McTavish.

Tho' he was called the "Marquis" by his employees, they would not have said it to his face for fear of losing their positions. And accused of ruling with an iron fist he was kind-hearted to his nephews - William, Duncan & Simon McGillivray. They in return had lots of respect for him, as I do too.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

I attended Plantagenet Royal Bank to open a McGillivray NorthWest Museum Trust Fund.

People can start donating at Royal Bank. I will open a PayPal account as soon as I get a non-profit tax number. I have paperwork which will be forwarded next week. I appreciate all the help I've gotten to the bank manager, Julie Belanger, in Hawkesbury. She knows the Mayor of Plantagenet whom she will get in touch to meet me. I want to say thank you to Julia Robinson at Plantagenet Royal Bank for helping open the account.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wow what a day!

I had my good friend forward me a poster of his concert here in Williamstown, Ontario. I posted directions how to get here on my Facebook page. From Ottawa going to Montreal on 401 turn at Fraser Road, which turns into Loyalist Road - then Kraft Road - into ON Highway 19 North junction of 17 turn left then a couple of blocks on the right hand side will be Loyalist Musuem. See you there!

Additionally, had a Board Director from North West Company contact me. Really nice to have someone contact me after all this time. They told me they would consider donating to McGillivray Northwest Museum Cause but it would have to go before the Board. My request to sit on the Board of Directors can not be justified just because I'm a McGillivray! I don't know what do you think? Send me your comments or send them your comments. Thanks Friends!

Friday, April 22, 2011

My son hands me this paper & in the back I notice this. My son's ancestor must be guiding him.

Basically what this means my friends is if I don't show up at this meeting to oppose this on 1PM May 24, 2011 I will not have a say in what transpires with the Crown Patent of North & South Plantagenet. Someone up top has gotten wind of my campaign & they want to quash my attempts to inherit what is rightfully our inheritance. I would like to know if there has been a government leak from the top because I have not told anyone from the ground up. My communications have been to the top officials & not the little clerks at the bottom.
What this "Special Public Meeting Concerning the Five Year Review of the Official Plan of the Corporation of the United Counties of Prescott & Russell" entails is the zoning of the Crown properties of trees which are rightfully my family's right to have "above & below ground" and any "minerals which are on it. The general public is privy to the size of this property because I have posted on the web the size our family is entitled to in our ACTIVE Crown Patent. Someone up the food chain don't want this McGillivray, who is a Scottish-Metis to come along & disturb what they have tried to keep a secret all these years. Someone don't want aboriginals coming into this neck of the woods. I'm not afraid to say I'm mixed & I'm damn proud of who my ancestor was - William McGillivray! My family motto rightfully is "Touch Not This Cat Bot a Glove" & someone has thrown a gauntlet at me. One which I will defend my family's honor by showing up at this meeting!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Finished reading McGillivray Lord of the NorthWest by Marjorie Wilkins Campbell published by Clark Irwin in 1962.

I found pages 194 and 321 verified the fact ancestor William McGillivray had definitely left land for his Metis sons - Simon & Joseph, "deeded...all the lands I possess in the Gore of Plantagenet on the Ottawa River' and granted by patent from the Government of Upper Canada". The Minister of Ontario Agriculture wants me to submit a detailed map of which I already have posted on this blog-site. I know it seems unfathomable for one to have so much property but I do not wish to evict anyone from their ancestral home but only want the remaining Crown Property for our personal use & Fiduciary compensation for the remainder. I wish to construct a McGillivray NorthWest Museum on this property for the benefit of the public to learn of the history of the NorthWest Company. There are two sides to a story but with this one a person can come at it from every angle & deduce their own conclusion. My biased opinion is my ancestor was short-changed & robbed of building a larger Canada but you really out to read the book.
I would like to do a revised edition with many pictures to add to the book but I would need the backing of a sponsor to work out an agreement.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The 1814 Pemmican War: How a Traditional Native American Food Started a War

The 1814 Pemmican War: How a Traditional Native American Food Started a War

Thanks for research. I am miffed when historians misdirect the public into speculating the NorthWest Company gave up. They MERGED! Hudson Bay Company have not paid shares to the remaining Heir(s) & would like to conspire to have this hidden under a rock because it's a black mark for them plus they would owe quite a bit of backpay.

Indians 101: The Pemmican War

Indians 101: The Pemmican War

My thanks for the research done for this! I like to recognize those that contribute to the North West Company cause.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I contacted the present North West Company which uses my NWC emblems & pictures.

Have not heard from them. This is going to be the little engine that thinks he could pull the load uphill; but, I need your help.
I really hate to do this but if it must be done then so be it. Our family history & our Coat of Arms, Armorials, Badges & Seals will be preserved for family use. This is the reason why on I have made items to be sold for the use of raising funds for the McGillivray NorthWest Museum and the statues.
I checked with the Canadian Intellectual Patent Office which has suggested I locate a TradeMark agent. I have checked their website to locate one but only contacted one for now. Further investigating how much this is going to cost to file. Here's a run-down. I do have a case. Any rich NorthWest partners left alive?

Tariff of Fees - Trade-marks

Part I - Filing

Item 1.

An application for the registration of a trade-mark,
  1. where the application and fee are submitted on-line to the Office of the Registrar of Trade-Marks, via the Canadian Intellectual Property Office web site
    Fee: $250
  2. in any other case
    Fee: $300

Item 2.

A statement of opposition pursuant to subsection 38(1) of the Act
Fee: $750

Item 3.

An application to amend the registration of a trade-mark by extending the statement of wares or services in respect of which the trade-mark is registered
Fee: $450

Item 4.

[Repealed, SOR/2003-209, s. 4]

Item 5.

[Repealed, SOR/2007-91, s. 10]

Item 6.

A request to recognize the transfer of one or more trade-marks, for each trade-mark
Fee: $100

Item 7.

A request to renew the registration of one or more trade-marks, for each mark
  1. where the request and fee are submitted on-line to the Office of the Registrar of Trade-Marks, via the Canadian Intellectual Property Office web site
    Fee: $350
  2. in any other case
    Fee: $400

Item 8.

A request to send one or more notices pursuant to section 44 or 45 of the Act, for each notice
Fee: $400

Item 9.

An application for an extension of time pursuant to subsection 47(1) or (2) of the Act, for each act
Fee: $125

Item 10.

Each certified copy of a registration referred to in subsection 31(1) of the Act
Fee: $50

Item 11.

[Repealed, SOR/2003-209, s. 6]

Item 12.

A request pursuant to paragraph 9(1)(n) or (n.1) of the Act with respect to one or more badges, crests, emblems, marks or armorial bearings, for each badge, crest, emblem, mark or armorial bearing
Fee: $500

Item 13.

[Repealed, SOR/2007-91, s. 11]

Item 14.

A statement of objection pursuant to subsection 11.13(1) of the Act
Fee: $1,000

North West Company (Canada)

North West Company (Canada)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Here are a few hyper-links for you to enjoy the history of the Fur-trade. Couple of them I don't endorse.

My birthday March 1st is the same as the Twins - Simon & Joseph.

It blew me away when I first found out the coincidence of our birthdays. I took it as significant that I had a job ahead. I have been downtown Montreal where Christ Church was but never had thought to investigate the Church records there. It was just a special connection to be in the same building where Joseph had been Christened. I thought it would be easy finding Joseph's gravesite when we went up Mount Royal Cemetary but I did not have enough time like most of my short visits. It's like boot hill overflowing there. Had to settle with enjoying the view over the city towards the Olympic Building.
"A Facon du Pays" means "A woman of the land"!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Found a relation from Simon McGillivray's side. I'm ecstatic. Minister of Ont. Agriculture wants a legal description of Plantagenet.

Hi Gil:

 I turned 51 this past March and my Dad was told many times by his Grandmother (Sarah Jane) that they were related to some very interesting people.  Unfortunately his Grandmother died in 1938, when he was  10 (and living with her, due to his mother passing away in 1936).  My Dad has pictures of Sarah Jane, and also her mother, but nothing further back than that.  All we have seen is pictures of William and Simon online.

Sarah Jane's husband (John Cyrus Garrioch) was the son of Hannah (or Anna Bourke as she was sometimes known) and Gavin Garrioch.  Hannah's parents were John Palmer Bourke (who was one of the few survivors at the Battle of Seven Oaks).  Bourke was dragged to Montreal and imprisoned by the NWC.   He joined the Masons while "imprisoned in Montreal (Don't know how he managed that).  Upon his release he was re-arrested at Fort William!!  He was given a large land grant by the HBC, and Bourkevale (close to Polo Park in Winnipeg on the south side of Portage Avenue) is where he raised my Great-Great Grandmother, Hannah.  I was very surprised to learn that Hannah did not know to write as she signed her scrip application with an "x".  It did not seem important that she had an education, although her brothers were very well educated.

One of William Hemmings Cook's daughter's (Nancy) married William Garrioch, who was the father of Gavin,  John (stated above) Peter and William.  Things became further complicated when Peter married Margaret McKenzie (who was the daughter of fur Trader Kenneth McKenzie of the American Fur Company).   Margaret and her sister were sent from Missouri to attend school at the Red River Settlement.  Their mother (an Aboriginal woman), followed them and almost starved outside of the Fort.  They frequently snuck out and fed her.  It seems as though once McKenzie sent his daughters to the Red River that he forgot about them.  He certainly forgot about his country wife, and we have never been able to find out what happened to her.  When my Grandfather Robert Gavin Garrioch (son of John Cyrus and Sarah Jane) got married in 1921, he married Lucy Dobbs who was the Granddaughter of Peter and Margaret--so he married his second cousin.

The fur trade story in Canada is a fascinating tale.  The country wives (sometimes many wives and children), taught their husbands and children well.  A few of the husbands (the highland Scots) did return to the Orkneys with their wives and some of course married and stayed along fur trade routes, in the north or at Red River.

It is a a pleasure to meet you my cousin.....I would love to hear about your life at The Pas.  I used to know who Joseph married (was it Fanny Boucher--or am I thinking of someone else)?

I hope to hear from you again, and would love to hear more about the conspiracy.  I have no doubt that one exists.

Kindest Regards,


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Rodney Brown raising support for McGillivray Monument across Atlantic.

Rodney is going full steam to raise funds for monument across the Big Puddle.
Support or donations are needed for statues and McGillivray NorthWest Museum Cause for Plantagenet, Ontario.

G----grandchildren of William McGillivray visit the Lachine NWC. Difference is we have only just begun campaiging for support. Two prong attack on this historical national significant achievement will be accomplished. Remember  McGillivray family mottos are "Perserverance" and "Fortitude in Distress".

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Visit Rodney Brown's web-site, folk-singer sings forlornly about NWC.

Rodney Brown is coming to Williamstown, Nor'Westers and Loyalist Museum, Ontario May 23, 2011 and will be at The Singing Goat in Sherbrooke, PQ on May 26, 2011. Check the rest of his Gigs menu bar for the remainder of his tours. Hope to meet you there!
The CDs I really enjoyed were The Big Lonely released in 2004 and especially North Land (2009 - tunes 4: "What would Susan Say" and number 6: "McGillivray's Dream").

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thanks to the Research Team at Direction du Centre d'archives de Montreal et des archives privees

Next on the agenda will be to contact the Mont Royal Cemetery Archives. Joseph McGillivray passed away when he was 42, on April 22, 1832. Seven years after his father passed away.  No mention of how he went. We can only speculate at this point. Forty-two was pretty young therefore it must have been something or illness he caught. Hope we can locate his grave-site before April to pay him our respect.

I am wondering where they resided in Montreal. I would love to see where they lived. We have gone to celebrate the Sabbath where they attended church & were inspired by the message. I know they did their business in the Old Montreal District as we have visited the cobble stone streets. It has been quite the journey walking the sites they frequented. I've been to the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth which is built over the original site of the Beaver Club.

William McGillivray died in London on October 16, 1825.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Blogger Buzz: Create Pages in Blogger

Blogger Buzz: Create Pages in Blogger

I contacted the present North West Company which uses my NWC emblem & pictures.

They have no right to be using the history of what my ancestor did and they have no right to the use of the name.  It is an infringement of rights. I have contacted the Board of Directors which CEO President Edward Kennedy has disregarded my attempts to communicate with him. This North West Company Seal was a registered Trademark only for the use of the Family. No one from the Board of Directors is a direct descendant. Many of the pictures they use are not for the Company's use thus they have violated the publishing rights. They should have contacted the heir/heirs which I am for permission. Two other pictures they used are the Family's Coat of Arms.

I have contacted them to help with raising finances for the recognition of Hon. William McGillivray as the Father of Canada, statues & the McGillivray North West Museum Cause on the active Crown Patent on his property of Plantagenet, Ontario by selling t-shirts, hoodies, sweaters & other accessories in their stores but to this date I have not heard from a representative from their illegitimate company.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I was not impressed with the McCord Museum & dismayed at Lachine.

Simon McTavish, William McGillivray the Father of Canada, (his sons - Joseph & Simon McGillivray - Metis born), Mother of the Metis Nation - Susan McGillivray, David Thompson (the explorer who named many of Canada's western rivers) where not honored at this McCord Museum but instead relegated a little bit of artifacts spread here & there throughout the museum; it doesn't make it interesting, too cold & impersonal. Montreal was built because of the Fur-trade. There were no bleeding hearts activists back at that period protesting the wide-spread slaughter of the furry little creatures. It was the demand for the the European fashion that promoted the industry thus the North West Company fulfilled their penchant for furs in Europe. Aboriginals only wanted the products that they could trade for feeding their families with or surviving. European colonization wanted to Christianize the savages & settle their lands which they thought natives were misusing or not using.
I was upset the Lachine National Historical Park was such in disarray & disrepair. I believe it could bring back tourism if finances were not misdirected to other useless timeperiods of history which don't have any relevance to the building of Canada. Hell you don't have as much colored photos as I do, nor do you know where all the artifacts I have located them are at.
I & my family thoroughly enjoyed taking a brisk carriage ride through the Old Montreal Water-front business district & learning the history of Montreal from an uninformed, untrained buggy-driver, who was the perfect ambassador to your community. My kudos go out to the other buggy-driver, who came from Quebec City, who gave us a tour for nothing!  Whereas we took an unguided tour at the McCord Museum where a museum interpreter gave me hell for taking a picture beside my Ancestor's painting & my kids were scolded for wanting to touch the painting! I know presentation of material & delivery of historical information of the North West Company needs to be re-invented at your fine institution.

"Be Mindful",
Gilbert McGillivray

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

McCord Museum has most of my Family Heirlooms.

This McGillivray wants the return of family items for the McGillivray North West Museum. Here are just a sample of what they have in their possession.
This is mentioned in McGillivray's Will that it belong to future heirs NOT McCord Museum.

Duncan McGillivray was more of a relative to me than to the McCord Museum.

I-lle-la Cross, Saskatchewan vs HBC post.

North West Rubber Stamp

Top of this cane has the insignia of North West Company Beaver & Tree
& belonged to McGillivray
I WILL use these items to raise funds towards the purchase of the McGillivray NorthWest Museum & Statutes for recognition on the Crown Patent of property that does not recognize him. Map is further down below.
Plantagenet circa 1897

Monday, March 7, 2011

Contacted Heritage Minister's office to have procedure or application forwarded.

Over the weekend I emailed Minister of Environment Peter Kent to have Active Crown Patent of Plantagenet site designated as Heritage Site to build a McGillivray North West Museum somewhere on his property that is not inhabited but close to Highway 17.
On Saturday drove by Planatagenet looking for a placement of the monuments. Still undecided. I'll post pictures asking for public opinion later.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I share this Birthday with Simon & Joseph McGillivray born 1794!

Additonally, I share this day with David Niven (awesome actor from the Bridge Over River Kwai) and my young rising superstar friend, Justin Bieber!
Sorry I have no pictures yet of my ancestor Joseph McGillivray (I'll post it once I find it).
Fort William Thunder Bay Ontario 1775?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Good news! I've been "encouraged" by Hon. James Moore, P.C., MP

With respect to constructing a monument he encourages me to contact a program officer because they sponsor "eligible recipients for domestic projects & initiatives of national significance that recognize & celebrate outstanding persons, places & events". Well people this is a small victory to a long war. I'll take anything small & continue till the end is achieved.

On the other hand to "building a historic site, federal recognition for, and the designation of, heritage buildings, sites, events or persons of national historic significance falls under the purview of the Honorable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, in view of his responsibility for the Historic Sites & Monuments Board of Canada". This means it moves to another departmental head for approval. This is a start to realizing a dream.  Friends this means don't put your horse in front of the cart in layman's terms. We still have to have it approved.

Only disappointment in the letter was the fact I couldn't get sponsored for federal research funding.

I'm asking for your financial assistance by offering you to purchase products at my shop which has McGillivray NorthWest Museum Cause.


Friday, February 4, 2011

NWC Administration 1815-1821

The administration of the North West Co. and the wintering partner

To coordinate its business and administration, the NWC divided its vast areas of trade into regional departments or trade districts. The company was deeply concerned with the management and efficiency of each department and made frequent changes in policy and staff to ensure good returns. While all departments were involved in the collection of furs, their functions varied. Many were used to transport goods and furs, while others were the source of pemmican, maple syrup, canoes and wild rice.

To help manage the affairs of the NWC, the trading was administered by the gentlemen of the NWC, referred to as "bourgeois" by the voyageurs. Occupying the top of the "bourgeois" ladder were the Montreal Agents, who served as the company financiers, wholesalers and suppliers. Next on the ladder were the partners, the "owners" of the company who were paid by their shares in the trade. If they obtained capital in this manner, it was to remain in the hands of the Agents, and the partners were allowed interest for it. No one could become partner who had not served his time in the trade. Every partner had a vote in the annual meetings held at Grand Portage.

The NWC was composed of two groups of partners. In Montreal, the "merchant partners" looked after marketing the furs and importing the goods that fueled the trade. Each winter they supervised the paddlers and the packing of ironware, guns, powder, bags of shot, tabacco, linen, blankets who went with the canoes. At the other end of the system, the "wintering partners" were part owners in the concern and lived year round in the interior, supervising the trade in the districts assigned to them. As field managers, they sought Indian groups, developed new transport routes and even altered the prices offered for furs. It was the responsibility of the wintering partners to choose the post site, to select and requisition trade goods, to entice Indians to trade, and to get the men under his command to render a profitable return on their time. In large departments like Athabasca, some of their responsibilities were delegated to the clerks. During the years of intense competition with the HBC (1815-1821), the wintering partners of the NWC spent a lot of their time watching their rivals' activities. As a result of this competition, a wintering partner's duty was to send men "en dérouine", in other words, to trade within Indian camps and to keep a close watch on rival traders.

The annual Rendezvous at Grand Portage (later Fort William) brought the wintering partners, hardened by the frontier toil, into contact with the Montreal partners, seasoned by metropolitan business dealings. This was a strategic overland passage since the French Regime. With the expansion of the Montreal trade it became the pivotal gateway connecting transport routes on the interior to Montreal and vice versa. Through Grand Portage, the trade supplied all departments in the Northwest. At the annual meetings, all wintering partners were to deliver the furs collected during the trading season.

The life of these men was lonely, bleak and arduous. The near approach of starvation was frequent. Many diaries account that wintering men had to eat leather breeches, bear skins, and even beaver skins in order to stay alive. Sometimes, 2 or 3 days would pass between meals.

Despite these hardships, the wintering partners made their way far into the virgin territory beyond Lake Superior, establishing trading posts as far north as Lake Athabaska, westward to the Rocky Mountains, and eventually to the Pacific ocean. They contributed largely to the exploration and mapping of the country, and gathered geographic knowledge, astronomic measurements and ethnographic accounts of Native groups. The isolation of the forts and their importance as an entrepot or trading spot meant that experienced leadership was important. In fact, the success of the trade largely depended on the administrative abilities and personal qualities of the wintering partners.

In 1812, the wintering partners of the NWC numbered 38. These were: Aeneas Cameron, Alexander McDougall, Duncan Cameron, John Richardson, John Forsyth, John Inglis, Edward Ellice, John Ogilvy, John Mure, Alexander Mackenzie, Thomas Forsyth, John McDonald, John McDougall, Charles de Chaboillez, John D. Campbell, John Thomson, Pierre de Rocheblave, John McDonald, John Haladane, John Leith, James Hughes, Alexander Mackey, James Mackenzie, John McGillivray, Hugh McGillis, Simon Fraser, Alexander Henry, David Thompson, Daniel Mackenzie, William Mackay, Alexander Frader, John Sayer, Donald McTavish, John Willis, Kenneth Mackenzie, Archibald McLillann, and Ronald Cameron.

The Beaver Club

The Beaver Club was the social organization of the NWC partners at Montreal. It was formed in 1785 with a membership of 19 tried wintering partners, each of whom had spent at least one winter in the interior. Its first members included 8 French-Canadians, 6 Scots, 2 Americans and 3 Englishmen. No one could be admitted who had not passed the test of a winter in the Northwest beyond the Height of Land west of Grand Portage and received the unanimous vote of the members. Although Simon McTavish had never wintered beyond this point, he was made a member in 1792 in recognition of his role in the formation and the success of the NWC.

The table of the Beaver Club was always open to strangers of distinction and to partners of the interior. It entertained in a brilliant, expensive and noisy manner. Its motto, "Fortitude in Distress", appeared on the large gold medals which the members wore on special occasions. Medal holders were compelled to wear their decoration at all meetings. The club had no permanent quarters, but met at various taverns or elite locations in Montreal.

One of the main objects of the club was to bring together, at stated periods during the winter season, a set of men highly respectable in society who had spent their days in the interior. The club also intended to bring into society the traders who wanted to retire from the fur trade.

The regular meetings would begin in the first week of December and were held once a fortnight until the second week of April. Great dinners were held twice monthly, and no member who happened to be in Montreal at the time was allowed to be absent. The only excuse was poor health. At every dinner, the members would proudly pronounce five toasts:

To the fur trade and all its branches
To the Mother of all Saints
To the King
To Voyageurs, Wives and Children
To absent members

The dinners began at 4pm and lasted until the final guest was able to sit in his chair. At the meetings, the members often re-staged "le grand voyage", sitting on the floor, using whatever came to their hands as paddles, stroking and singing the songs of the voyageurs. Their imaginary canoes faces imaginary rapids and they had to traverse across the tables and chairs as they paddled on to their imaginary destinations. The members were hardy eaters and drinkers and the dinners often continued well into the next morning. At one dinner attended by Alexander Mackenzie and William McGillivray, guests were still singing and dancing at 4am. Close to 120 bottles of wine were either drunk, broken or spilled that evening. There were 20 people present.

Beaver Club meals began with pipers ushering in a flaming boar's head on a dais of red velvet. Before the grand entrance a piece of camphor was lit and placed in the mouth of the Boar's Head. The food served included:

-Braised venison and bread sauce
-"Chevreuil des Guides"
-Venison sausages with wild rice and quail
-Partridge "du Vieux Trappeur"
-Pickled turnips
-"Sweet Peace" Applesauce
-Bag pudding
-Highland Scotch, Old Madeira, Mahogany liquor & High Wine
-Athol Brose

The Beaver Club remained active from 1785 to 1804. It was revived again in 1807 and immediately passed out of existence except for a brief return in 1827, when it held its last dinner at the old Masonic Hall in Montreal. The Club declined as Montreal lost its preeminence in the Northwest fur trade. Over its 40 years of existence, the Beaver Club hosted 32 dinners and voted the membership of over 100 fur traders.
Copyright © McGill University, 2001

Monday, January 31, 2011

Moving today to another little apartment in Hawkesbury

I'll be off for a few days as I wait for internet service over there. Please don't hesitate to leave me email. I'll be closer to the Land Titles office office over there. I'll start searching for titles.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I will make you a FaceBook Logo with your own pic.

You have got to email me your picture to

I am hoping to make & produce hoodies, T-shirts, sweaters, cups, calendars, etc. with all the badges, crests, logos & pictures I have on this web-site. Blessings to Y'all!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Timeline 1786-1791

 I'm really stepping out on faith when I broadcast such statements that the items shown will be memorialized in a museum in Plantagenet should these items be returned & will be for the community to share the good fortune. When you have a museum you need items to put in & these should be repatriated for William McGillivray Lord of the NorthWest Museum. There were other items mentioned in his Will & His son's Joseph's Will that should be put in there. Admission will go to support the community of Plantagenet.                            

The original Beaver Club book shown on the right which is at the McCord Museum should have a place at the William McGillivray Lord of the NorthWest Company Museum and show-cased at this site. Copies could be distributed for educational purposes or general interest with proceeds to fund & support a Non-profit Kids Summer Horse Program west of Plantagenet, Ontario.

Replicas of this & other Scottish paraphernalia could be sold on mugs, T-shirts, Hoodies, Jackets  of this exclusive Beaver Club medallion and some of the other crests & badges I have on this site could be sold at the Museum to fund non-profit charitable donations

The Grand Hall at Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Beautiful place which I have only visited once. I should not have to wait for Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure to go into my own house when right now I have to rent property on my own property.

I want to sleep on this bed with my wife. Valentine's would have been a great time. If this Fort is supposedly mine as my inheritance then why should I be asking anyone what I can & can't do. I should not have to make an appointment nor ask anyone's permission right Mr. Chan, Minister of Culture & Tourism.

William McGillivray first married country wife Susan supposedly from Flin Flon, Manitoba. The daughter of a chief cemented aboriginal trading partnerships in 1790. They had twins the following year at Ille-La-Crosse, Saskatchewan on March 1, 1791. Coincidentally my birth-date is March 1, but not the same year. Family trait is hazel-green eyes which both my daughter & I have.

 Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan NWCompany post housed 80 men & 40 women at times. McGillivray apprenticed under the proprietor Patrick Small at this post in 1786 where conditions were often extreme when the weather  was bad. Near Grand Portage, Minnesota McGillivray was instrumental in the merger between Gregory, MacLeod & Co. in 1787. McGillivray returned to Île-à-la-Crosse & between 1788-89 traveled back & forth to Rat River, Manitoba. In 1790 he was able to buy out Peter Pond's share for L800 he became a partner of the NWC & promoted to the rank of proprietor with the responsibility of the English Churchill department. In 1791 McGillivray was to head the western push extending to the Pacific which MacKenzie did in 1793 - calling the Columbia River the McGillivray River originally.

Granddaughter of Susan stands forlornly over her ancestor's grave.
On the headstone Peter was included even though he passed away as a baby. Marjorie Wilkins Campbell reportedly wrote that William & Joseph both stood over Susan's grave at one point.

The Battle of Trafalgar. I would not mind having the original of this painting which is NorthWest Company Property! and by rights belong to this McGillivary.