Hugh John Macdonald & His Relationship with John A.

1857-1877
Hugh John Macdonald circa 1871 by William Toply. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Hugh John Macdonald circa 1871 by William Toply. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Following the death of Isabella Macdonald when their son was just 7, Hugh John Macdonald lived with his aunt, Margaret, and her husband James Williamson at Heathfield in Kingston. By all accounts Hugh John became more and more distanced from his father. In his twenties, Hugh John went so far as to ask his father to rewrite his will to bequest the majority of his estate to Margaret and his sister, Mary, asking that only a "trifle" be given to Hugh John "to show I have not been cut off for bad behaviour."