Richard John Uniacke (d. 1830) was born in County Cork, Ireland. He was an abolitionist, lawyer, politician and eventually attorney general of Nova Scotia. He later fought in the Eddy Rebellion (also known as the Battle of Fort Cumberland, near the eventual border between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick), which was an effort to bring the American Revolution to Nova Scotia in late 1776. Uniacke was sent as a prisoner to Halifax. But through his connections, and for providing evidence for the Crown, he was released. He later stood for Catholic emancipation, founded the Charitable Irish Society, helped establish King’s College and refused to legalize slavery in Nova Scotia. He advocated for the Confederation of Canada fifty-one years before it happened. His son, James Boyle Uniacke, would become the first Premier of Nova Scotia. (Also see James Boyle Uniacke, January 19, 1799.). (Painting: Richard John Uniacke, by Robert Field, 1811. Nova Scotia Museum.)