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Dr. William Rawlins Beaumont (1803-1875)

Dr. William Rawlins Beaumont (1803-1875)

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Dr. William Rawlins Beaumont was born in Marylebone, London, England on August 25,1803.

His parents were Edward and Charlotte Beaumont.

Dr. Beaumont received his medical education in London at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and studied anatomy in Paris. He became a highly competent surgeon.

August 3, 1841, at the age of 37 he married Mary Catherine Wood, in Marylebone, London England..

In 1843 he came to Canada and settled in Toronto. Here he was attending physician at the Toronto General Hospital., surgeon, lecturer, designed surgical instruments, and wrote many medical papers.

At the time of the Fenian Raids in 1866, Dr. William Rawlins Beaumont had charge of the Port Colborne Hospital. He was in charge of the wounded brought to Port Colborne after the Battle of Ridgeway.

Blindness forced Dr. Beaumont’s retirement  in 1873. He died October 13, 1875 in Toronto.

More reference: Crosbie, W.G.William Rawlins Beaumont’. Dictionary of Canadian Biography, x (1871-1880) 38-39.


[Welland Tribune, 19 August 1875]

A melancholy case of drowning occurred at Port Robinson on Monday last. Mr. Patrick Dalton, a  young man about 24 years of age, employed on one of Mr. Brown’s dredges, while at work on a scow, lost his balance and fell into the water and was drowned before assistance could reach him. The body was recovered about half an hour afterwards. An inquest was held on the body of deceased by Dr. Kennedy, coroner of Welland, when a verdict of accidental drowning was returned. The deceased belonged to the town of Welland, where his relatives reside, who have the sympathy of many in their affliction. He was well thought of as a steady and industrious young man. Deceased was buried in the R.C. burying ground, Welland, today (Wednesday).

Died: 16 August 1875