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MOODIE, John Wedderbar Dunbar, Canadian author, born in Malseher, Orkney islands, 7 October, 1797; died in Belleville, Ont., 22 October, 1869. He was the son of Major James Moodie, and in 1813 entered the British army as 2d lieutenant in the 21st regiment of foot. He was wounded in the attack at Bergen-op-Zoom on 8 March, 1814, and soon afterward retired front the service on half-pay. In 1819 he joined his elder Brother, Benjamin, who had emigrated to South Africa, and remained in that country ten years. He returned to England in 1829, married Susanna Strickland in 1831, and, emigrating with her to Canada in 1832, settled finally in Douro, near Peterborough. During the rebellion of 1837 Mr. Moodie served at Toronto and subsequently as captain in the Queen's own regiment on the Niagara frontier, and in the autumn of 1838 he was appointed to command the militia along the shores of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte. In November, 1839, he was appointed by Sir George Arthur sheriff of the district of Victoria (now the county of Hastings), but he resigned in 1863. He is the author of "Ten Years in South Africa" (2 vols., London, 1855) ; "Scenes and Adventures as a Soldier and a Settler" (Montreal, 1866); and of miscellaneous sketehes.--His wife, Susanna, Canadian author, born in Reydon Hall Suffolk, England, 6 December, 1803; died in Toronto, 8 April, 1885, was the sixth daughter of Thomas Strickland, and sister of Agnes Strickland, Mrs Catherine Parr Traill, Elizabeth and Jane Strickland, all of whom are authors. Susanna began writing when she was sixteen years old. Accompanying Mr. Moodie to Canada, she suffered all the hardships and discomforts incident "to frontier life in her new home. In 1839 she removed with Mr Moodie to Belleville, after which she resided during the rest of her life in Toronto. She wrote " Enthusiasm and other Poems" (London, 1829); "Roughing it in the Bush, or Life in Canada" (2 vols., 18,52); "Life in the Clearings versus the Bush" (1853); " Mark Hurdlestone, the Gold Worshipper" (2 vols., 1853); " Matrimonial Speculations " (1854) ; "Flora Lindsay" (1854) ; and "The Monetons" (2 vols., 1856). Some of her books have been republished in the United States.
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