John Molson (December 28, 1763 – January 11, 1836) was an English-speaking Quebecker who was a major brewer and entrepreneur in Canada, starting the Molson Brewing Company.
Birth and early Life
In 1763, John Molson was born in the village of Moulton near Spalding, Lincolnshire, England. His mother was Mary Elsdale, eldest daughter of Samuel Elsdale of Surfleet. She married John Molson Sr. in 1760. Her brother, Robinson Elsdale, was a celebrated privateer, whose unpublished exploits formed the basis of Frederick Marryat's novel The Privateersman (1846). About two weeks before the marriage, John Molson Sr. inherited a property known as Snake Hall, which consisted of a home and various outbuildings associated with 38 acres (15 ha) of land.
Read more about John Molson at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography online.