Thom Adam

Born in Scotland. Educated at King's College, Aberdeen.

Came to Canada, and practised law in Montreal. Appointed recorder of

Rupert's Land, 1838, and arrived in the Red River Settlement the

following year. Also legal adviser to the governor of Assiniboia. His

arbitrary conduct made him extremely unpopular, especially among the

French half-breeds, and he was compelled to retire from the bench in

1849. The following year
reinstated, to try a complicated case of

defamatory conspiracy, but the verdict proved so unsatisfactory that

Governor Caldwell procured his permanent removal, and had him appointed

clerk of the court. Resigned this office in 1854, and returned to

Scotland. =Index=: (Mackenzie / Selkirk / Simpson era) Governor Simpson makes him recorder of Red

River, 1839, 245; opposes Papineau in Lower Canada, 245; his newspaper

letters signed "Camillus," 245; on Durham's staff, 245; returns with him

to England, 245; his influence in Red River affairs, 246; the "stormy

petrel," of the Settlement, 247; returns to England, 1854, 247; his

connection with Simpson's narrative of his journey round the world, 249.