Item MS088 - Archibald Macdonald fonds

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Archibald Macdonald fonds

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  • 1805-1839 (Creation)

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363 p.

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Macdonald, Archibald (1786-1872)

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Archibald Macdonald was born in Callander, Perthshire, Scotland in 1786 or 1787. He was commissioned a lieutenant on 25 July 1805 in the 35th Regiment. He served in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic Wars. He came to Canada in 1819 and settled beside Rice Lake, near Cobourg, Ont. He served as a member of the provincial legislature from 1831-1834. He died in 1872. A much longer biography as well as a transcription of the journal can be found in Library Research News 4, no. 6 (July 1980).

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Fonds consists of Archibald Macdonald's journal. It takes the form of a bound manuscript, 363 pages in length, many of the pages left blank. Stamped on spine is "Macdonald Journal". The first entry is 7 February 1805 written in London, England. The last entry is 6 December 1839. Text runs from p. 1 to p. 117. At that point some pages have been cut from the journal. Page 358 contains an index to the contents of pp. 1-71. There is also text on pp. 357, 361-3. Journal is written either with different hands or one hand that varied greatly over time.

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Fonds was purchased in October 1979.


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  • English

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