Tod, John

Tod, John

John was a fur trader (b Oct 1794, Dumbartonshire, Scotland; d 31 Aug 1882, Victoria). He came to Canada in 1811 as a clerk with the HBC attached to Lord Selkirk’s group of colonists bound for the Red River. In 1840 he took command of Fort Alexandria on the upper Fraser River, and he served as senior officer at Fort Thompson (Kamloops) from 1842 to 1849. In failing health, he retired from the HBC in 1850 after almost 40 years in its service, and settled near Fort Victoria. In 1851 he was appointed to the Legislative Council advising the governor of Vancouver Island, a position he held until 1858 when he resigned to devote all his energies to his farm and his sizable family. The Tod home is now a heritage house. Tod Mt near Kamloops is named for him, as is Tod Inlet on southern Vancouver Island. (from B.C. Encyclopedia)

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