Robert Wilson (1806 – 1888)

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Robert Wilson (1806 – 1888)<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> was a Great Lakes ship captain operating out of Oakville, Ontario who helped black slaves escape to freedom as part of the Underground Railroad.<ref name=Lerech>Template:Cite web</ref>

Wilson was born in Ireland. His mother moved the family to Canada in 1817 after the death of her husband.<ref name=OHS>Template:Cite web</ref>

Wilson was the master of the Lady Colborne, a schooner that shipped grain on the Great Lakes.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Slaves would be picked up from Ashtabula, Ohio and hidden in the hold with grain shipments.<ref name="Winks">Template:Cite book</ref><ref name="Vogt">Template:Cite book</ref> Following the American Civil War, African Americans in the Oakville area celebrated Emancipation Day at George's Square in the town, and would also visit the home of Wilson.<ref name="Vogt" /><ref>Template:Cite web</ref> The home at 279 Lawson St. was known as the "Mariner's Home" as it was open to ill and homeless sailors during the winter.<ref>Template:Cite news</ref>

The Captain R. Wilson Public School is named in his honour.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref><ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

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