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Biography of John Halkett

John Halkett matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1785. He was an advocate, a Director of the Hudson's Bay Company and an author.

Born at Pitfirrane, Scotland, Halkett was also a student at the University of St Andrews in 1786, and admitted to the Scottish bar in Edinburgh in August 1789.

In 1801, he was appointed Governor of the Bahamas and in 1803-05 Captain General and Governor of Tobago. From 1814-19, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of West India Accounts in London.

Halkett was appointed a member of the Hudson Bay Company London committee in November 1811, which had granted his cousin, Lord Selkirk, land to establish a settlement at Red River. Halkett championed this settlement project even after Selkirk's death in 1820 and went to Montreal and Red River in 1821. He returned to London in 1822 and in 1825 published Historical notes respecting the Indians of North America: with remarks on the attempts made to convert and civilize them. in which he highlighted the need to be more sympathetic to the native Indian way of life and approach change among that community with care and caution.

Hallkett died on 12 November 1852 at Brighton.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow, 1728-1858, p.144


John Halkett
Born 27 February 1768.
Died 12 November 1852.
GU Degree: Arts, 1785;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: authors; lawyers
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow, 1785, Hudson Bay Company Director and Author
Record last updated: 12th Aug 2013

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Pitfirrane
Place of Birth

England England, London
Place of Death

Bahamas Bahamas, No Region

Canada Canada, Manitoba

Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago, No Region

United States United States, Minnesota

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student