Chasing William Copeland


I’ve been doing a little more research into Copland/Copelands brewery and I’ve come across a request from a William Copeland “praying for the payment of a beer account amounting to 60:19:0” in the Toronto Archives.  The paper dates from August 20th, 1838, which might be one of the earliest mentions of a brewer in Toronto, if it turns out he is a brewer at all!  A trip to the City of Toronto Archives in the new year might yield new light on our understanding of the history of the brewing industry in Toronto.

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