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- Reid, Robert
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Robert Reid (ca. 1732-1828) was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. Reid was employed as an assistant and clerk to Adam Smith while he was writing "The Wealth of Nations". The two were friends, and kept in touch for some time. Robert Reid married Helen Geddes (1745-1810), and they had 6 children in Kirkcaldy, Scotland between 1766 and 1778.
In the summer of 1784, at the end of the American Revolutionary War, Robert Reid moved his family from Scotland to Newcastle, Northumberland County, New Brunswick and became a partner in a fishing venture with several other Miramichi residents. In the fall of that year their schooner was forced to overwinter in the Baie des Chaleur. The long journey overland from the Baie des Chaleur to Halifax, in the company of some aboriginals, became the focus of his letter to Adam Smith.
The following year Reid was appointed county coroner for Northumberland County. In 1795 he was made the high sheriff of the county, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1813. He was also the first county treasurer, the registrar of deeds, and one of the first port wardens. In 1810 Reid's first wife, Helen, died; in 1819, he married Nancy Dunn. Robert Reid died on 5 April 1828.
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