Isbister, Alexander Kennedy

Alexander Kennedy Isbister, schoolmaster, explorer, lawyer (b at Cumberland House, Rupert's Land [Sask] June 1822; d at London, Eng 28 May 1883). A Métis whose maternal grandmother was Indian, Isbister explored the Mackenzie River basin (1838-42) while employed by the Hudson's Bay Compay. He published a much-quoted treatise on the geology of portions of the Arctic and northwestern North America. This included the first chromolithograph map produced in England (1855). In 1842 Isbister left for Britain to become a schoolmaster and barrister championing the rights of Métis and the country-born against the HBC monopoly. He willed a personal fortune and 5000 books to the University of Manitoba.