Early Nova Scotians:
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- Dalhousie, The 9th Earl of ... (1770-1838):
- Scottish soldier and colonial administrator, Dalhousie was the Governor of Nova Scotia from 1816 to 1820; Governor General of British North America from 1820 to 1828; and, Commander-in-chief of the British Army in India, 1829 to 1832. (More)
- D'Anville, Jean-Baptiste-Louis, Duc d'Anville (1709-46):
- The French Admiral who led the abortive French invasion of Acadia, in 1746. (More)
- Dawson, Andrew (1811-1892):
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- Dawson, Sir John William (1820-99):
- John was born at Pictou to James Dawson and Mary Rankine. He eventually went to Edinburgh to study history and geology. Dawson was appointed as the superintendent of education for Nova Scotia in 1850. Between 1855 and 1893 occupied the position as the principal of McGill University at Montreal. Dawson was an authority on fossil plants and was against Darwinianism. Among Dawson's works are: Acadian Geology (1855) Archaia (1858), Story of Earth and Man (1872), Dawn of Life (1875), Egypt and Syria (1885), The Meeting-place of Geology and History (1894), and Relics of Primeval Life (1897).
- Delancey, James (1747-1804):
- DeLancey's grandfather was Stephen DeLancey who is well known to the early history of New York. The DeLanceys took the wrong side in the American Revolution and fled the new, United States. They came to settle along the Annapolis River in Nova Scotia. (More)
- Denys, Nicholas (1598-1688):
- Nicholas Denys was born at Tours in 1598. He came to Acadia in 1632. In 1653, Denys "was nominated by the Company of New France Governor of the whole coast of the bay of St Lawrence and the isles adjacent, from Cape Canso to Cape Rosiers." In 1669, retired to Nipisiquit (Bathurst, New Brunswick) where he turned writer turning out one of the first histories of Acadia, Historique des l'Amerique. (More)
- DesBarres, Joseph Frederick Wallet (1721-1824):
- Famous for his collection of charts, The Atlantic Neptune, this publication was "a magnificent contribution to hydrography and a classic of the minor arts"; he was a long time resident of Halifax. (More)
- Deschamps de Boishebert, Charles (1727-1797):
- See under Boishebert.
- Deschamps, Isaac (1722-1801):
- Deschamps, a Swiss, first came to Nova Scotia, likely in 1749. In the early days he was a successful merchant and ran a truckhouse at Piziquid (Windsor). In 1759, Deschamps became the first member of the Nova Scotia Assembly to represent the new county of Annapolis. During the 1760s, the 1770s and the 1780s, he received increasingly more important and far ranging public positions, both in the administration of government and on the bench, eventually to become the acting chief justice in 1785. (More)
- Des Herbiers, de La Raliere, Charles (1700-1752):
- The French governor sent to take back Louisbourg from the English in 1749. He remained there until 1751, when he was called home. (More)
- Diereville was a French surgeon who came to Port Royal in 1699. He stayed in Acadia for a year and then returned to France. Once back home, in a curious mixture of prose and verse, Diereville wrote of his experiences: recounting his journeys and experiences; describing the local flora and fauna, the state of the beaver trade, and of the native habitants and their customs. (More)
- Drucour, Augustin de (1703-1762):
- The Governor at Louisbourg from 1754 to 1758. (More)
- Duchambon, Du Pont, Louis (1680-1775):
- In 1744, fate thrust Duchambon to Louisbourg's helm. He proved to be an incapable commander and the grand fortress fell to "a bunch of New England farm boys" in 1745. (More)
- Duquesnel: (See Le Prevost, Jean-Baptiste-Louis, Duquesnel.)
- Durham, John George Lampton, The Earl Of .... (1792-1840)
- With two of Her Majesty's dominions in North America in a state of civil rebellion, Durham was sent out to ease matters into a better political state. In 1838, he spent six months in Upper and Lower Canada. His report was instrumental in the future form that Canada was to take as an independent country.
- Durrell, Rear-Admiral Philip(1707-1766):
- Durrell had a very substantial connection to Nova Scotia being involved in both sieges of Louisbourg: 1745 and 1758. (More)
- Duvivier, Du Pont, Joseph (1707-1760):
- Acadian born, Duvivier fought as a French army officer during the Seven Years War; both outside the walls of Annapolis Royal and inside the walls of Louisbourg. (More)
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