Major-General Sir Isaac Brock (1769 - October 13, 1812) was the British Major-General who was assigned to the Canadian colonies during the time of the War of 1812 and played a key role in the colonies' successful defence in the early phase of the war.
Brock was born on the Channel Island of Guernsey.
In the early phase of the war, he, along with the Native American chief, Tecumseh, were responsible for many of the early victories for the British forces against the American invaders. His diplomatic efforts also ensured that the regional Native American nations stayed allied to the British, especially in fostering good relations with Tecumseh.
His capture of Fort Detroit was particularly impressive. He instructed the Native American warriors to make as much noise as possible, which frightened Brigadier-General William Hull into surrendering even though he had superior forces.
He was killed at the Battle of Queenston Heights on October 13, 1812.
Although he had little regard for the Canadian colonies, he was and is regarded in Canada as a hero who managed to frustrate the American invaders when all seemed hopeless for the colonies. A small cairn at the foot of the escarpment marks the spot where Brock fell while an impressive monument, built by public subscription, overlooks the Heights as a lasting tribute. General Brock's horse was a large grey named Alfred. It was reputed to be a strong horse and steady under fire. There is a monument to Alfred located at the south end of the village of Queenston nearby the cairn marking the spot where Brock fell.
Also in tribute to him are named the City of Brockville, and a university at St. Catharines, Brock University.
The Bruce Trail has its southern terminus about 200 metres from Brock's Monument on the easterly side of the Monument park grounds.