Æneas Shaw UE (c. 1740 – February 6, 1814) was a soldier and
political figure in Upper Canada.
He was born at Tordarroch House, Pitlochry,
Scotland around 1740 and
came to Staten Island, New York around 1770. He joined the Queen's
Rangers at the start of the American Revolution, later becoming a
captain. After the British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia, he settled
Nashwaak River area of New Brunswick. He rejoined the re-formed
Queen's Rangers and moved to Kingston in
Upper Canada in 1792. When he
was appointed to the Executive Council and Legislative Council of
Upper Canada in 1794, he moved to Niagara. In 1793, he helped prepare
the site for the new capital at York (Toronto). In 1796, he was
appointed lieutenant for the county of York.
In 1811, as tensions heightened with the United States, Shaw became a
major-general in the militia responsible for training. However, the
legislation only required recruits to train for three days a month.
Shaw's troops did not perform well during the first capture of York
during the War of 1812.
He died at York in 1814.
Shaw's daughter, Sophia, is said to have been engaged to Major-General
Sir Isaac Brock, who died at the
Battle of Queenston Heights
Battle of Queenston Heights in 1812.
Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
Members of the Family Compact
G. D'Arcy Boulton
D'Arcy Boulton II
Henry John Boulton
William Henry Boulton
W. Allan Crookshanks
William B. Jarvis
William M. Jarvis
Samuel Peters Jarvis
William Dummer Powell
Sir John Robinson
Sir David W. Smith
Sources include: Mackenzie, William Lyon (September 19, 1833). "A
Political Union". Colonial Advocate