Collection RC0531 - Selkirk family collection

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Selkirk family collection

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  • [18??] (Creation)

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5 items

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Thomas Douglas, the fifth Earl of Selkirk was born on St. Mary’s Isle, near Kircudbright, Scotland in 1771. He was a colonizer and author, founding the Red River colony in Manitoba in 1811.

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The collection consists of four photographs pasted onto board and one partial news clipping dated 25 December 1896. All photographs have captions in pen. Two of the photographs are of “the old mansion at St. Mary’s Isle, the seat of Lord Selkirk”. One is of “the Selkirk family burial-ground at Galtway”. Finally there is a photograph of a bust by Lord Selkirk by Canova. Antonio Canova (1757-1822) was an Italian sculptor. The news clipping concerns the building of a new mansion at St. Mary’s Isle by Capt. Hope “very nearly on the same spot which the old mansion stood” in 1896.

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