Christopher Dunkin, lawyer, politician, judge (b at Walworth, Eng 25 Sept 1812; d at Knowlton, Qué 6 Jan 1881). Admitted to the bar in 1846, he gained renown defending the legal rights of the seigneurs in 1854. He was a Québec MLA 1858-71 and MP 1867-71, provincial treasurer 1867-69 and federal minister of agriculture 1869-71. A philosophical conservative known for the protemperance Dunkin Act of 1864, he represented English Protestant and Eastern Townships interests in Québec and Ottawa. He was a brilliantly lucid opponent of CONFEDERATION in the debates of 1865.