Sir John A.'s Death

June 6, 1891
More than ten thousand people filed past Macdonald's coffin as he lay in state in City Hall. Source: Queen's University Archives.Pinterest
More than ten thousand people filed past Macdonald's coffin as he lay in state in City Hall. Source: Queen's University Archives.

Macdonald died on June 6, 1891, and, following several days of ceremonies in Ottawa, his steel-casketed body arrived in downtown Kingston on June 10, symbolically, by rail. Macdonald was then taken into City Hall where he lay in state garbed in the uniform of an Imperial Privy Councillor, with a guard of honour of six Royal Military College cadets.