Samuel Vetch, British trader, army officer. member William Paterson’s Trading Company, 1698; member Darien (Central America), Colonial Council.
Vetch, Samuel was born on December 9, 1668 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Son of William and Marion (Fairly) Veitch.
Educated College Utrecht (Holland).
Captain in a Scottish regiment. Member William Paterson’s Trading Company, 1698. Member Darien (Central America), Colonial Council.
Went to New York City, 1699. Indian trader, Albany, New York, with business including illegal trade overland with French at Montreal. Trader in Boston, circa 1702, engaged in maritime commerce with Acadia and Canada, contrary to British trade laws.
Went to Quebec to negotiate truce with governor Canada and arrange prisoner exchange, 1705. Tried by Massachusetts General Court and fined, 1706, carried case to England where Privy Council ruled that Massachusetts General Court (being legislative body) had no power to try cases, and ordered retrial by Suffolk County Court. Proposed plan for conquering French in America via Lake Champlain and St. Lawrence River.
Conquered Nova Scotia, became military governor, 1710-1714. Took part in unsuccessful expedition against Canada, 1711, fled to England, 1714. Civil governor Nova Scoti, 1715-1717.
Member William Paterson’s Trading Company, 1698. Member Darien (Central America), Colonial Council.