William Lyon Mackenzie was the 1st Mayor of Toronto and he was a leader of the 1837 Rebellion for responsible government. He fled Canada to escape being captured after the rebellion. There was a bounty of £1,000 when he was on the run. He moved back to Canada with his family in 1850 after he was pardoned by Queen Victoria.
When Mackenzie left Canada there were a total of 2,000 people in Toronto but when he came back there were 15,000!
We walked passed Massey Hall.
We stopped outside The Eaton Centre. Before The Eaton Centre was there, that area had a lot of residences. Mackenzie and his son stayed at the the MacIntosh Residence in 1849 when they came back.
They threw rocks through windows and burned an effigy of Mackenzie outside the house!
They blamed Mackenzie for the 1837 rebellion and they were upset that he escaped punishment.
Beside Courthouse Square there was a jail where the captured rebels were kept. Peter Matthews and Samuel Lount were executed for High Treason even though they didn't cause any bloodshed. People didn't think they would actually be executed.
Even though there was a population of only 2,000 people in the city, 10,000 people were in the square to watch the execution!
At the site of the old jail they have this plaque.
Bruce Beaton played the role of Samuel Lount. He explained what Lount must have been thinking as he faced execution. Lount wouldn't get to see his children grow up to become the great adults he knew they would be and his wife would miss him dearly.
Samuel Lount faced his execution bravely.
Sheriff Jarvis, who led him to the gallows, cried.
Bruce Beaton also played the part of Solicitor Robert Baldwin. He told Lount and Matthews to plead guilty because he expected leniency. He felt terrible about what happened.
There is a monument to Peter Matthews and Samuel Lount in the Toronto Necropolis.
Here are links to my other blog posts about Mackenzie House where I talk about the Rebellion, Lount and Matthews: