Cuthbert Grant Day, July 14 2012

Cuthbert Grant Day at Grant’s Old Mill
St James, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


a visit to Manitoba and Saskatchewan by

Sir James Grant of Grant

Lord Strathspey

33rd Chief of the Clan Grant, Scotland


The Manitoba Living History Society

Red River 200 – Celebrating 200 Years of Farming Experience

This year, 2012, marks the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Selkirk Settlers in Manitoba from Scotland in 1812 and the 200th anniversary of agriculture in Manitoba.

On 7 October 1812, near what is now the Disraeli Bridge in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Miles Macdonell, the Governor of Assiniboia, helped to plant the bushel and a half of wheat that he had brought from Scotland.

This event was the beginning of one of the most important movements in Canadian history and the establishment of the farming system of the Prairie Provinces, with the wealth and opportunities that it offered to hundreds of thousands of immigrants.

The Selkirk Settlers were the first individuals to establish permanent residence along the Red River in what has grown to become the City of Winnipeg.

Their arrival and settlement began the shift in western Canada from a hunter-gathering economy to a farming-based community as the settlers were able to cultivate the land and establish a home base. This made it possible for dense settlement by immigrants from eastern Canada and Europe.

In October 1987, a plaque was erected in Joseph Zuken Heritage Park by the Lord Selkirk Association of Rupertsland. It commemorates the earliest planting in the Selkirk Settlement, established by Thomas Douglas, Fifth Earl of Selkirk, on 7 October 1812.

Events and activities will take place throughout the year commemorating the dedication and perseverance by the Selkirk Settlers to cultivate the land and make this location their home.

July 14th is David Mitchell’s birthday

David Mitchell is a very smart and funny fellow.

Mitchell and Webb

July 14th is also known as:

Bastille Day

and National Nude Day

Grants Old Mill, where Sturgeon Creek meets Portage Ave, Winnipeg

Click on the three links below to read more:

July 14 2012

MB living history society pamphlet

Grants Old Mill pamphlet

Sturgeon Creek at Portage Avenue, Winnipeg





Historical Military Dress, Winnipeg


Celebrating 200 years of the Red River Selkirk settlement, 1812 to 2012, Winnipeg


The Manitoba Living History Society


Drop spinning



The old spinning wheel



Old fashioned pioneer tools, Manitoba


Grant’s Old Mill, Winnipeg




Grant’s Old Mill, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada


horses in the shade


A Red River Cart and Metis flag, Winnipeg


Red River Cart, Manitoba, built by Armand Jerome in Beausejour




Governor Miles MacDonell’s Ceremonial Tent


Pipers piping


Erle Einarsson as a Trading Chief, Manitoba Living History Society


Manitoba Living History Society


A crook knife. A ubiquitous prairie pioneer tool


Pipes and Drums of Manitoba



It was a scorching hot day in Winnipeg. All the old folks were in the shade



Pierre Falcon welcomes visitors to Grant’s Old mill


You could buy the flour from this mill, but now health and safety have prohibited it. Something about small flecks of stone in the bread. The Ogilvie (Ogilvy) name is historically linked to the Grant name in Scotland, and in Manitoba too in this mill!



information about Grant’s Old Mill


Grant’s Old Mill on Sturgeon Creek, Winnipeg




Portrait of a Horse



Armand Jerome, maker of Red River Carts. He rode a horse from Winnipeg to Batoche by trail in 2004




Sir James Grant and a nice young man playing Cuthbert Grant




Hand spun wool by Fran Howard, East St Paul, Manitoba Canada


Hand spun wool by Fran Howard, East St Paul, Manitoba Canada


Ed Douglas, maker of wooden things on his foot treadle lathe



The Normand Chief Metis Dancers




Lord Selkirk’s Flag, 1812


The Family Crest of Lord Selkirk


Inside the Miles MacDonell Marquis


Collapsable writing desk, clay pipe, and old playing cards, 1812


A game of checkers with antler and bone disks


A very old fashioned folding chair, 1812. Easier for the Voyageurs to take in the Canoe


And this is how it looks all folded up



Etchiboy Metis sashes for sale.


Étchiboy is the place for all your Métis sash needs.

Li Méchifs achètent leurs ceintures fléchées icitte!


Canoes going from Grant’s Mill to Caron House, Winnipeg


Grant’s Old Mill, Winnipeg