James Williamson Marries Margaret Macdonald

October 19, 1852
Portrait of James Williamson by William Sawyer circa 1887. Source: Queen's Archives. Pinterest
Portrait of James Williamson by William Sawyer circa 1887. Source: Queen's Archives.

Married to Macdonald's sister Margaret, James Williamson is far more than a brother-in-law to John A. The two share business, political and social connections, as well as a growing affection for one another. In 1878 Macdonald writes to Williamson: “I wish you would do what you can for Power & Sons Architects, who tender for the new [Queen's] College Buildings. They are good architects & good Conservatives.” The easy relationship is evident when two days later Macdonald asks Williamson to look up an article in Scientific American on corns: “I am troubled with these things (and) I shall be obliged with you copying it out for me.”