ROBERT GILLESPIE*
1785 -1863

From: "The Dictionary of Canadian Biography"
by W. Stewart Wallace, MacMillan Co. of Canada, Toronto, 1945

Robert Gillespie (1785-1863), merchant, was born in Scotland in 1772, a younger brother of  George Gillespie. He came to Canada about the year 1800; and ultimately became a partner in the firm of Gillespie, Moffatt and Company. He returned to England in 1822; and was until 1856 at the head of the English branch of Gillespie, Moffatt and Co.  

He married (1) Anna Agnes Kerr, daughter of Robert Kerr, formerly surgeon of Sir John Johnson's "Royal Greens", by whom he had at least one son, Sir Robert Gillespie (1818-1901); and (2) Caroline Matilda Arnoldi, second daughter of Dr. Daniel Arnoldi of Montreal.

(ref: W.S. Wallace (ed.), Documents Relating to the North West Co., Toronto, Champlain Soc., 1934)

From: "A History of the Scotch Presbyterian Church, St. Gabriel Street, Montreal"
By Rev. Robert Campbell, Montreal 1887

Robert Gillespie was a younger brother of George Gillespie. He came to montreal about 1800. His name appears as a subscriber, first in 1808, but he acted as as Precentor and Clerk to the Session in 1804. 

He was director of the Lachine Canal Company, and vice-president of the Agricultural Society of Montreal in 1820. He continued to reside here until 1822, when he removed to London and was the senior member of "Gillespie, Moffatt and Company" there till 1856, when he retired from business. He died in 1861 or 1862.

Mr. Gillespie was a member of the temporal committee of the St. Gabriel Street Church in the years 1815 and 1816. In 1815 he was Vice-president, and in 1816, President of the Committee.


*Researching Robert Gillespie................Bruce Gillespie (g-g-g-nephew?)
 
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