States: Michigan: Mackinac
Seeking information regarding James Aird, a Scottish fur trader based out of Michilimackinac/Mackinac and later, Prairie du Chien (Wisconsin). Aird came from Ayrshire, Scotland, and entered the fur trade at Mackinac as a young man about 1779. In the 1780s, he traded with the Dakota Indians along the St. Peters/Minnesota River in present-day Minnesota, returning to Mackinac each summer for the rendezvous. He seems to have traded independently or joined small partnerships such as the General Company of Lake Superior and the South ("General Society") and Robert Dickson and Company. By 1800 he made Prairie du Chien his semi-permanent home but continued to appear at Mackinac periodically at least as late as 1815. During the last few years of his life, Aird worked for the American Fur Company. He died in Prairie du Chien on 27 February 1819. Any references to James Aird would be appreciated. Thank you.
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