Honourable John Rolph, M.D. 1793-1870, The

This property once belonged to John Rolph, a prominent physician, lawyer and legislator. Born in England, he emigrated to Upper Canada in 1812. In 1824, with Dr. Charles Duncombe, he established at St. Thomas the province's first medical school, the "Talbot Dispensatory." A reformer, Rolph represented Middlesex in the assembly, 1824-29, and Norfolk, 1836-37. Although not an active participant in the Rebellion of 1837, he was so seriously implicated that he was compelled to flee to the United States. He returned in 1843, established a noted medical school in Toronto, and became the founder of the radical Clear Grit party, 1849-50, and president of the legislative council, 1855-57.


At the entrance to the former Rolph homestead, Talbot Road, just west of St. Thomas

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Elgin

Municipality: City of St. Thomas