Peter Matthews c.1789-1838

Peter Matthews farmed the lands immediately northeast of here in the early nineteenth century. On December 2, 1837, neighbours asked him to lead men from the area to join an uprising against the government in Toronto planned by William Lyon Mackenzie. Matthews supported democratic reforms, was popular in his community, and had served in the War of 1812. He agreed to the request and played a leading role in the confused events of the Rebellion of 1837. When the rebellion failed, Matthews was captured by government militia. Authorities decided to make an example of Matthews and another prominent rebel, Samuel Lount. Convicted of treason and publicly hanged, they became martyrs of the rebellion whose memory would be invoked by reformers for generations to come.


In Brougham Parkette, Brougham Road and Highway 7, Pickering

Region: Greater Toronto Area

County/District: Regional Municipality of Durham

Municipality: City of Pickering