254 Sir Frederick Banting K.B.E., M.C., L.L.D., D.Sc., F.R.S., F.R.C.P. Lond., F.R.C.S. Eng., F.R.S.C., F.R.C.S.(C.)

Sir Frederick Grant Banting, K.B.E., M.C., L.L.D., D.Sc., F.R.S., F.R.C.P. Lond., F.R.C.S. Eng., F.R.S.C., F.R.C.S.(C.) Nobel Laureate.

Of Irish decent, Dr. Frederick Banting was born on a farm near Alliston, Ontario on November 14th, 1891. Graduating with an MD from the University of Toronto in 1916, Dr. Banting joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps in World War One.  After the war, while preparing a lecture on carbohydrate metabolism, Banting conceived the idea of a pancreatic extract to treat diabetes. He and graduate student Charles Best proved the concept at the University of Toronto in 1921. Assisted by J.B. Collip, they refined insulin for human use, ultimately saving millions of lives. Banting went on to conduct and foster Canadian medical research from1923 until his death on active service in 1941. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1923 and Knighted by the King of England in 1934.

Dr. Banting’s  Great Great Grandfather, John Banting emigrated from England to Ireland about 1770. He is listed as “Gardener to Wm. Pole, Esq.” on his daughter Sarah’s baptismal certificate from Clonenagh Parish, Laois in 1775. The Bantings lived at Ballyfin and worked on the Ballyfin Demesne near Mountrath in County Laois. His Great Grandmother Susannah (Thompson) funded a school and taught there in 1824. Dr. Banting’s Great -Grandparents,  Charles and Susannah moved from Ireland to Canada in 1842 and settled in Bond Head, WestGwillimburyTownship in Simcoe County, Ontario.  Several of their children came to Canada in the 1840s, including son John and his wife, Hester Meredith who were Dr. Banting’s grandparents.Their son, William was born in Bondhead, and farmed in the Alliston area of SimcoeCounty after his marriage to Margaret Grant. Fred was the youngest of their five children.

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The Bantings at Ballyfin County Laois, Ireland