William Dunlop

William DunlopWilliam Dunlop

NCL Biography:

[From Series Three Tiger Dunlop’s Upper Canada]

Born in Greenock, Scotland in 1792, William Dunlop attended Glasgow University and, in 1813 became Assistant Surgeon in the 89th Regiment of Foot. He came to Canada with his regiment in November of that year and served during the rest of the War of 1812 at Lachine, Prescott, Cornwall, Fort Erie, Queenston. York and the Penetanguishene Road. He returned to England in 1815 and retired from the army on half pay two years later. He spent two years in India followed by two years in Scotland and in 1823 lectured in Medical Jurisprudence at Edinburgh, becoming a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London. He was editor of the British Press in the year 1824-25 and during the same period founded The Telescope. He joined John Galt’s Canada Company in 1826 and was appointed “Warden of the Forests.” He spent 1827 exploring for the company and founded the town of Goderich, before returning to Quebec to encourage settlers for the Canada Company tract. He commanded the Huron regiment during the 1837 rebellion and left the Canada Company a year later. In 1841 he was elected to the Canadian Legislative Assembly as an independent member for Huron, resigning in 1846 to become Superintendent of the Lachine Canal. He died in Lachine in 1848 and is buried in Goderich, Ontario.

His Statistical Sketches of Upper Canada was published by John Murray (London), in 1832, and Recollections of the American War was issued serially in the Literary Garland (Montreal) from June to November, 1847. The latter did not appear in book form until 1905, when A. H. U. Colquhoun’s edition was published in Toronto.

Books in the NCL:

Tiger Dunlop’s Upper Canada [N55]

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