We do not know his name: Klatsassin and the Chilcotin War

The Trials

[ Matthew Baillie Begbie, Artist Unknown, NAC 996072 ]

The famous Judge Matthew Baillie Begbie was on his circuit in the Cariboo when Klatsassin’s party was captured, and so trials were quickly set up. Begbie tried seven of the eight prisoners and convicted five for murder. The seventh was sent for trial in New Westminster but escaped en route.

The following spring two other men implicated in the events, Ahan and Lutas, presented themselves to a special constable out looking for someone else. They thought they could pay compensation for their actions, according to Tsilhqot’in customs, but instead were manacled, taken to New Westminster and tried by Judge Henry P.P. Crease. One of them returned home a free man, and the other was hanged in New Westminster.

Klatsassin + 7 Chilcotins

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Ahan & Lutas

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