Harry Markland Molson
Harry Markland Molson-Past masters, St Paul
Molson as Master of St Paul's Lodge 374 (Freemasons) in Montreal
Born(1856-08-09)August 9, 1856
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
DiedApril 15, 1912(1912-04-15) (aged 55)
OccupationPolitician and Entrepreneur
Known forRMS Titanic sinking

Harry Markland Molson (August 9, 1856 – April 15, 1912) was a Canadian politician and entrepreneur. A member of the Molson family, he was Mayor of Dorval, Quebec. He perished in the sinking of RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912.[1][2][3]

Molson was born August 9, 1856, son of William Markland Molson (1833–1913) and Helen Augusta Converse (1834–1919), in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Although Harry Molson was not a prominent member of the influential branch of the Molson family, he serendipitously inherited his fortune from his childless uncle, John Henry Robinson Molson (1826–1897), who was former owner of Molson Brewery and President of Molson Bank (1889–1897).[4][5]

Harry Molson went to England for business in February 1912, and had booked passage to return to Canada at the end of March on the Allan Line ocean liner, SS Tunisian. Molson was persuaded by fellow businessman, Major Arthur Peuchen, to extend his stay in England and sail home with him on Titanic's maiden voyage. He occupied First Class stateroom C-30.

He was Governor of Montreal General Hospital, and on the board of directors for the Molson Bank.

Molson was last seen aboard Titanic, removing his shoes and planning to swim to a ship's light he claimed he saw off the port bow. His body was never recovered.[6][7]

See also


  1. ^ Rondeau, Rob (April 16, 2012). Titanic Lives: On Board, Destination Canada. Formac Publishing Company Limited. ISBN 9781459500198 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Pashley, Nicholas (August 1, 2010). Cheers!: A History of Beer in Canada. HarperCollins Canada. ISBN 9781443401661 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Harry M. Molson - Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club - Yacht-Club Royal St-Laurent". rstlyc.qc.ca. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Mr Harry Markland Molson". Encyclopedia Titanica. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  5. ^ Molson, Karen (August 17, 2012). The Molsons: Their Lives and Times: 1780-2000. Firefly Books. ISBN 9781770880801 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Launch of Titanic". National Museums Northern Ireland. 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  7. ^ "Tragedy on the Titanic, Mysterious Deaths and High-profile Kidnappings - Canada's Brewing Dynasties Have Seen it All". www.newswire.ca. Retrieved November 24, 2018.