Category: Queen's Rangers, Upper Canada, 1791-1802

Categories: British Army | Canadian Army | Canadian Militia

This category contains profiles of persons who served with the Queen's Rangers, Upper Canada, 1791-1802

Following his appointment as lieutenant governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe sought to restore the Queen's Rangers to service in the colony, but for a role unlike that of the original Rangers. In addition to helping defend the new colony against American attack, would also assist in making the roads of communication between the different parts of the province, in building bridges, erecting barracks, clearing lands, navigating craft - in short assisting with any military or civil service.

The Queen's Rangers Regiment was dispatched to Upper Canada where it occupied the barracks at Newark (today known as Niagara-on-the-Lake).

The leaders were mostly veterans of the American War of Independence. Although there was little military action during this period, the Rangers were instrumental in building Upper Canada through Simcoe's road building campaign. In 1795–6 they blazed the trail for Yonge Street, and then turned to Dundas Street and Kingston Road. They also built the original Fort York, where they were stationed. The Queen's Rangers were again disbanded in 1802 with most of the men joining the York Militia—from which many would take an active role in the War of 1812.


Person Profiles (3)

1759 Ireland - 05 Mar 1846 photo
- 1825
08 Jun 1770 Westminster, London, England - 27 Jan 1852

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