Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
June 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Hugh Faries


Faries, Hugh (1779-1852), fur-trader, was born in Montreal in 1779, the son of Hugh Faries and Mary Warfinger. He entered the service of the North West Company as a clerk, and in 1804-6 was at Rainy lake . He was one of the first officers of the Company to cross the Rocky mountains, and in 1807 was the first master of Fort George in New Caledonia. Later, from 1812 to 1817, he was at Cumberland House on the Saskatchewan. At the union of the North West and Hudson's Bay Companies in 1821, he was made a chief trader; and from 1821 to 1826 he was employed in the Peace river district. In 1827 he was proposed as a member of the Beaver Club in Montreal. From 1827 to 1837 he was stationed in the Kenogamissie district; and he was promoted to the rank of chief factor in 1838. He retired from the fur-trade in 1840; and he died at Berthier, Canada East, on March 23, 1852. His diary for 1804-5 has been printed in C. M. Gates (ed.), Five fur-traders of the Northwest (Minneapolis, Minn., 1933).

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 319.


© 2005 Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College