I found among my family archives, a document stamped by the Hudson's Bay Company archives, written by John Bell, to Sir George Simpson. re Hudsons Bay employee Heddle, William B: 1785-D:1847(Heddle of Shappinsha, Orkney, sailed from Stomness, in 1816, Orkney to Canada and was employed by the Hudson Bay Co. in Cumberland House, Saskatchewan). The following describes his lamentable death of William Heddle"The Expedition blacksmith, in examining a gun belonging to the deceased, which was in want of some repair, and not being as he affirms, aware of its being loaded it went off and melancholy to say, shot the man (William Heddle) though the head. He expired on the spot. This unfortunate accident has caused a universal regret for his death. He was a very worthy honest man, and one of the most interested that I have seen in the Coys. service. In him, Mr. Desch has lost a valuable servant"The administration of Heddle's estate, which was valued at approx. 150 pounds, was granted to his widow, Christian Heddle. This death occurred Dec 11, 1847.
P. S. I have yet to find where William Heddle fits into my tree. Heddle joined the Hudsons Bay Co in 1816 until his passing in 1847. He was described on the document as "In 1819, when his winter residence was Red Deer River, Heddle was described as 5'9" with red hair and a fair complexion and as obedient, honest and an able servant.