Semple's commercial activities brought him to the notice of Lord SELKIRK who effected his appointment as "Governor of the Company's Territories in Hudson's Bay" in Apr 1815. He left immediately for RED RIVER COLONY and the following spring was caught up in the struggle between the Hudson's Bay Co and the North West Co. On 19 June 1816 he unwisely challenged a party of Métis allies of the Nor'Westers led by Cuthbert GRANT. Semple and 20 of his men were quickly enveloped and slain.
See also SEVEN OAKS INCIDENT.
Author J.E. REA