Hugh (Laird) McGillis: (abt.1767 - 1848)
     He was the 5th son of Donald McGillis & Mary McDonell-Lundy (his father is sometimes refer to as Sgt.Donald Ban Mor McGillis), born at Munerighie, Iverness-Shire, Scotland. In 1773 the family crossed the Alantic on the "Pearl" and settled in Tron Co., N.Y. Donald remained a Tory Loyalist during the Revolution and they were forced to become refugees, moving to Ontario, Canada (his estate was confiscated by the American's).  Hugh married a yet unknown Native woman and was reported to have had seven children.
     Hugh began his trading career with the Northwest Co. as a clerk and by 1801 he was a partner in that company. From 1806 to 1812 he was their Chief Agent of the Fond du Lac Department with the headquarters at Leech Lake. He was replaced by James Grant at the beginning of the War of 1812 and from 1812 to 1815 he was trading at Ft.William, Michipicoten and Lesser Slave Lake. In 1816 he was arrested by Lord Selkirk who invaided northern Minnesota & southern Manitoba with his army, brought from the east. Hugh was tried & acquitted of all chargers at York (Toronto), but he felt it was time to retire from the fur-trade and settled at Williamstown, Ontario that same year. He died there on 23 July 1848.

Angus McGillis: (abt.1774-1842)
     He was the son of Donald McGillis & Mary McDonell-Lundy, born at Johnston, Tron Co., N.Y. He married (Christian marriage) Margaret Notinikaban (Vent de Bout) at St.Boniface, Manitoba in 1830. Their children were born between 1804 and 1822 in either the North West Territories or the Red River Settlement. A daughter, Marie McGillis (1804-1856), was married to Cuthbert James Grant Jr. (1793-1854) ["Captain of the Metis" & "Warden of the Plains"] .
     Angus was a Northwest Co. clerk at Fort Dauphin in 1805 and died at St.Francois Xavier, Manitoba on 23 Jan.1842.

Donald Roy McGillis: (abt.1786-1817)
     He was the son of John G.McGillis (brother of Hugh & Angus) & Catherine McMillan and was married to Ruby Rutherford & Mary McKinnon.
     He sailed for Astoria and the Columbia River on the "Tonquin", employed by the American Fur Co., but after hearing of the war between the U.S. & Britain in 1813 took up employment with the Northwest Co's. Columbia River Department. In April of 1814 he began an overland journey from Astoria (Ft.George) to Montreal in the company of Gabriel Franchere, J.G.McTavish, David Stuart, John Clarke, Benjamin Pillet, William Wallace & Donald McKenzie. On 30 June 1814 they reach the Winnipeg River & Fort Bas de La Riviere, where they learn that Miles McDonnnell (Governor of the Selkirk Colony & Selkirk's land holdings) issued a Proclamation forbidding goods out of the district. On 8 July they reach the Rainy Lake House with John Dease in charge there, reaching Fort William on the 14th.