Hanington Legacy

Hanington Foods continues the legacy of William Hanington Esq.,a London fish merchant who came to Canada in 1785 in search of adventure, fortune, and love.


In 1784, at the age of twenty-five, Hanington won a large 5,000 acre estate located in the new colonies of Canada in a game of cards. With an adventurous spirit, he soon set sail for the untamed new world.


Despite many challenges and hardships in his new land located in Shediac Cape, New Brunswick, Hanington built successful businesses in fish and oysters as well as wood, fur, retail, wholesale and shipbuilding. 


During his first exploration to nearby Prince Edward Island in search of new seafood supplies, he discovered the local and delicious Malpeque oysters. He also met and fell in love at first sight with a beautiful and charming woman named Mary who would become his wife.


Hanington's most prestigious oyster customer was Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent and Strathearn of the United Kingdom and the name sake of Prince Edward Island. He and his lady Julie de Saint-Laurent hosted many luxurious parties with champagne and oysters for their distinguished guests.  


Hanington's fourth great grandson continues the legacy by offering the delicious taste of wild Malpeque oysters to oyster lovers around the world.

William Hanington

William Hanington, Esq. (1759 - 1838)

Prince Edward

Duke of Kent and Strathearn

(1767 - 1820)

Prince Edward, known as the Father of the Canadian Crown for his impact on the development of Canada, was the first member of the royal family to live in North America (1791 - 1800) and the first prince to visit the United States after independence. Fluent in both English and French, he lived in both Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prince Edward and his lady, Madame de Saint-Laurent were the center of Halifax's social society. He is the name sake of Prince Edward Island and the father of Queen Victoria.   



Mary Darby Hanington

(1774 - 1851)

Mary Darby Hanington was the wife of William Hanington. She was known for her beauty. intelligence and charm. Before marrying William in 1792, she had many suitors who called upon her but none could win her heart. Family lore says that when William and Mary met, it was love at first sight. William's challenge was winning the approval of her father, Benjamin Darby. Together, they had thirteen children.