Responsibility for the Cancellation of the Visit from the Prince of Wales Lands with John A.

August 25, 1860
Hon. John A. Macdonald, Attorney General, Canada West circa 1861. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Hon. John A. Macdonald, Attorney General, Canada West circa 1861. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Responsibility for the public debacle of the Prince of Wales' cancelled visit to Kingston was attributed to Macdonald and, despite his Orange connections, the incident threatened his candidacy in the forthcoming general election in July 1861. John A. embarked on a vigorous electioneering campaign across the province and was returned by 785 votes to Oliver Mowat's 474. Kinston earned the accolade of "The Derry of Canada" and the "Apprentice Boys of Londonderry" and in 1862 William Shannon gifted the city with a cannon, "Queen Bess," which is still part of its historic landscape.