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by John Cunningham
"At the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century, Henry Caldwell, originally of Castle Caldwell, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, and his son, Sir John Caldwell, were two of the most notable figures of their time in the affairs of Canada in general and of the province of Quebec in particular.
Both were major landowners in Quebec city and province, as well as being influential businessmen and politicians. In his letters home to Ireland, Henry Caldwell tells of possessing over 600,000 acres, mostly near Quebec city, and both men, in succession, held the important office of Receiver-General for Lower Canada.
They were in effect, at this time, the chief tax collectors for the country."
This article looks at two members of the Caldwell family, some of the most notable figures of their time in the affairs of Canada, and especially Quebec.