McKinlay, Archibald M.
A immigrant from Perthshire, Scotland, Archibald McKinlay was hired as an apprentice clerk by George Simpson in 1832. After periods in York Factory and New Caledonia, he rose in the ranks in the Columbia District where he attained the rank of chief trader in 1846. In 1848, HBC Governor Pelly recommended him to Earl Grey for a commission as justice of the peace in the new colony of Vancouver Island. He retired from the company in 1851 and entered into partnership with G. T. Allan as a commission merchant in Oregon City. Ruined financially by floods in 1860, he moved to Lac La Hache in British Columbia to become a farmer for approximately twenty years.
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