Robert Harris: A Soldier’s Journey (Ottawa)

Date(s) - Sat, Oct 15, 2022
13:00 - 14:30

City of Ottawa Archives


Title: Robert Harris: A Soldier’s Journey

Speaker: Julia Scott

Details: This presentation will tell the story of a young man, born in Barbados, descendent of an enslaved woman, who enlisted at age 15 in the British Army.  Robert served as a drummer and then a private in the 100th (later the 99th) Regiment of Foot (Prince Regent’s County of Dublin Regiment), settling after the War in Hull with Philemon Wright, and finally in Shawville, PQ where he raised a large family. Julia will share her ongoing journey to solve a 50-year family puzzle, using all the tools available to family historians today.  Overcoming past prejudices, assumptions, and inconsistencies, she has delved into DNA, muster rolls, historical records, and journals across the globe, to get closer to understanding who Robert was, why he joined the British Military, and how he contributed to the building of Canada.

When: 15 Oct  2022 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (Coffee,tea and cookies available at 12:30)

You are invited to a Hybrid meeting. We will be live in the City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive (Room 115) but will also be using Zoom to webcast if you cannot join us in person. Register in advance for this Zoom presentation:

All Ottawa Branch monthly presentations are open to the public at no charge.