Dunlop, William "Tiger"

(1792-1848)

Category:  Builder, Politics, Medicine, Founder

DunlopDr. William Dunlop was born in Greenock, Scotland in 1792.  Dunlop served an army officer, surgeon, Canada Company official, author, justic of the pease, militia officer, and politician.  and office holder.  He was a Member of Parliament for the the First Parliament of the Province of Canada.   Dunlop an active participant in the founding of Guelph and later, its settlement after the departure of Canada Company Superintendent, John Galt.  Galt appointed him Warden of the Woods and Forests in 1825.

Dunlop was a colourful character who earned the nickname "Tiger" after a trip to India where he participated in a cull of Saugor Island tigers.  During his years working with the Canada Company, he was given the nickname "The Backwoodsman" as a result of his lifestyle living in unsettled areas of Upper Canada.  He was founding father of Goderich, Ontario.

Dunlop died at the age of 56 and is buried in Goderich.  More information about Dunlop's life and military career can be found here.