Susan Agnes Bernard

August 24, 1836 – September 5, 1920
Lady Agnes Macdonald circa 1873 by William Topley. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Lady Agnes Macdonald circa 1873 by William Topley. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Susan Agnes Bernard, who grew up in Jamaica, married John A. , in England, in early 1867. Her brother, Hewitt, served as Macdonald's private secretary. A fierce supporter of her husband, she is credited today with helping him win his battle against alcohol. She was created a Baroness by Queen Victoria upon her husband's death in 1891 and lived until 1920.