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John George Brown
10 October 1839
Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland
|Died||18 July 1916
Waterton Lakes, Alberta, Canada
|Resting place||Waterton Lakes, Alberta, Canada|
|Employer||British government, Canadian government, self-employed|
|Known for||Being a famous mountain men on the Canadian and American Western Frontier|
|Spouse(s)||two wives; Metis wife and ?|
||United Kingdom Army|
|Years of service||1857–1862|
|Unit||King's 8th Regiment of Foot|
John George Brown was born and educated in Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland. Brown was commissioned as a British Army officer in 1857 "without purchase" (a reference to the practise then common of wealthy Britons purchasing officers' commissions), joining the 8th Regiment as an ensign. After serving in India from 1858 to 1859, in 1862 he sold his commission and joined the flood of prospectors joining the Cariboo Gold Rush in British Columbia, Canada.
After a quarrel (and obligatory gunfight) at Fort Benton, Montana, with "celebrated hunter" Louis Ell, in which Ell was killed, and subsequent trial and acquittal by a territorial jury, Brown returned to his beloved Kootenay, where he settled, building a reputation as a guide and packer.
Always arguing vigorously for the region's preservation, after the Kootenay Forest Reserve was established in 1895, Brown became a fishery officer and in 1910, a forest ranger.
Marriage and family
Kootenay Brown died in Waterton Lakes, Alberta, Canada and was buried alongside his two wives.
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