JAMES DUNLOP
c1755-1815

From: "A History of the Scotch Presbyterian Church, St. Gabriel Street, Montreal"
By Rev, Robert Campbell, M.A., 1887


James Dunlop, who subscribed ten guineas [to the St. Gabriel Street Church building fund], was one of Montreal’s earliest “merchant princes.” He kept a general store in St. Paul street, dealing in liquors and groceries, as well as dry goods. He was named with Hon. James Richards
James Reed, and. Rev. John Strachan, a trustee of the estate of  Hon. James McGill. He took an active part in the military movements connected with the American War in 1812, serving as Major under Colonel James Caldwell and Brigadier-General McGill. He presided at a public dinner in honor of King George’s birthday, June 5th, 1815. Shortly before this he remitted £30,000, the largest bill of exchange ever sent from the colony up to that date. He died on the 28th August, 1815, aged 60 years. 

The following notice of him appeared in the Herald at the time of his decease :
 

“Died  after a most severe illness of several weeks, James Dunlop, Esquire. This gentleman settled in Montreal in 1777, and has since been deeply engaged in mercantile pursuits, on a most extensive scale. To a vigorous constitution were united unremitting industry, strict probity of character in his transactions, and enlarged views of commercial affairs. These first requisites enabled him to amass a fortune, supposed to be greater than ever was acquired by any individual of this country.”

His name appears for £10 at the head of the special subscriptions, taken in 1800, for liquidating the debt on the original building. He contributed £5 to the special Young fund in 1802, and subscribed £5 annually towards Mr. Somerville’s salary. He was also one of those who signed the manifesto in favor of Mr. Somerville; July 23rd, 1803. He gave £10 for the steeple and bell fund in 1810. He occupied pews 19 and 99 in the St. Gabriel Street Church.


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