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Sir William MacGregor


Sir William MacGregor, Governor of Newfoundland, made two collections of vascular plants, mosses and lichens in "Labrador": at Cape Chidley in 1905, and at Blanc Sablon in 1906. A number of "limestone species" were included.

The purpose of the collections was to investigate the practicality of introducing reindeer to the Labrador coast, and of naturalizing them there, to provide a source of readily-available food for the settlers - an idea of the medical missionary Sir Wilfred Grenfell.

The border between Québec and Labrador is presently situated just beyond the eastern boundary of the town of Blanc Sablon. Whether or not MacGregor actually collected on the Labrador side of the border is unknown.

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REFERENCE: [MacGregor] (1907).





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