The Birth of John Alexander Macdonald

January 10-11, 1815
Hugh John Macdonald by William Sawyer 1852. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Hugh John Macdonald by William Sawyer 1852. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

John Alexander Macdonald, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on either January 10 or January 11, 1815. The exact date is unknown but commemorative celebrations in Canada are generally held on January 11. January 10, 1815 is listed as the official date of birth in the Registry of Births, in Scotland. January 11, 1815, is the date that Hugh Macdonald, John A. Macdonald's father, recorded as John A.'s birthdate in the family record and the date which is generally regarded as most likely to be correct.