Grant, Cuthbert National Historic Person

St. François Xavier, Manitoba
Grant Cuthbert (© Expired)
Grant Cuthbert
(© Expired)
Address : South side of Highway 26 at Paul St., St. François Xavier, Manitoba

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1972-10-19
Life Date: 1793 to 1854

Other Name(s):
  • Grant, Cuthbert  (Designation Name)

Importance: Métis leader at Battle of Seven Oaks (1816), Warden of the Plains for Hudson's Bay Company

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque:  South side of Highway 26 at Paul St., St. François Xavier, Manitoba

Son of a Scots trader and an Indian mother, Grant became a clerk in the North West Company and leader of the Métis in their struggle against the Selkirk Settlement and the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1816 he led the party which killed Governor Semple and his followers at Seven Oaks and captured Fort Douglas; but after 1821 he became reconciled with the colony. The Company named him 'Warden of the Plains', and charged him with keeping order on the southern prairies. In 1839 he became Councillor of Assiniboia and magistrate, capping a life dedicated to the native people of the West.