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British Rifle Corps

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British Rifle Corps was a short lived Francophobe paramilitary club in Lower Canada.


Formed on 12 December 1835 at a meeting in the Jones Long Room in Montreal by radical Montreal Anglophones in the lead up to the Lower Canada Rebellion and countering the Patriote movement.[1]

It was forced to disband on 20 January 1836[2] under the order of Governor-General of British North America and Lieutenant-Governor of Lower Canada Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford.[3] Members, including Adam Thom, went on to form the equally miltant Doric Club and the more subdued Montreal British Legion.[4]


  1. (French)
  2. (French)
  3. Christie, Robert, History of the late province of Lower Canada, 1791-1841, Vol. 4, pp. 144-145.
  4. Muzzo, Johanne, Les mouvements réformiste et constitutionnel à Montréal, 1834-1837, p. 95.

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