John A. Attends Midland District Grammar School

1827-1829
The house on Rideau Street where John A. was thought to have boarded while he attended Midland District Grammar School. John A. lived here again later in life as well. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
The house on Rideau Street where John A. was thought to have boarded while he attended Midland District Grammar School. John A. lived here again later in life as well. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Shortly after the Macdonalds moved to the Bay of Quinte area, Hugh and Helen Macdonald decided to spend a good portion of their savings to send 10-year-old John A. to the Midland District Grammar School in Kingston, where the headmaster, Reverend John Wilson, was a Fellow of Oxford University. Helen viewed John's education as an investment in the family's future, for she never once doubted that he had great potential. Annual tuition was 70 pounds and John A. boarded with his friend Charles Stuart, in the house of two elderly Scottish ladies in Kingston.