Mountain Man & Ulster Scot
Made by Northern Irish film-maker Michael
Beattie. You can read the background to this film from the
producer/director himself and watch some of his other films on Michael's
This documentary film tells the story of Robert Cambell, a young
Ulster-Scots immigrant who became an American pioneer. From frontiersman
This is a rags-to-riches adventure story of a penniless Tyrone teenager
who left Ulster in 1822 and ultimately became one of the wealthiest men
in America. He would count among his friends and fellow travellers Kit
Carson, Jedediah Smith, William Sublette, Hugh Glass & Ulysses S Grant.
Robert Campbell was one of the first
Ulster-Scots pioneers to open up the American west.
He spent his first 10 years in the Rocky Mountain fur trade, a 'bold and
dashing life' he called it, fighting native Americans, enduring the
harshest of climates, suffering near starvation with he and his men
forced to eat their horses and dogs. Leaving the mountains he became one
of the leading citizens of St Louis with a business empire covering
every aspect of commerce, property and river trade. In fact he gave Mark
Twain his first job as a Missouri riverboat pilot.
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