Anderson, David

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Anderson, David

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  • Bishop of Rupert's Land, often signed his name as David Rupertsland

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Anglican clergyman and first Bishop of Rupert's Land, 1849-1864. Arrived at the Red River Settlement in October 1849.


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David Anderson was the first bishop of the Anglican diocese of Rupert's Land, serving from 1849-1864. Born in 1814 in London, England, Anderson was consecrated as bishop by the Church of England on May 29, 1849. In October 1849, Bishop Anderson arrived at the Red River Settlement via York Factory (in modern-day Manitoba). The Bishop approved Anglican missions at Beaver Creek and Portage la Prairie. In 1862 allegations arose that a priest ordained by Bishop Anderson in 1853, the Reverend Owen Corbett, had committed adultery and repeatedly attempted an abortion on his maid-servant. Found guilty but freed by a mob of supporters, Corbett finally left for England in 1864. The controversy resulted in Bishop Anderson being branded as a puppet of the Hudson's Bay Company, which some believed had arranged Corbett's trial for political reasons. Bishop Anderson himself left Red River in 1864, retiring to Clifton, England, where he died in 1885.

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AMICUS No.: 72090

Frits Pannekoek, “ANDERSON, DAVID,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 11, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed May 19, 2016,

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