The Birth of Mary Theodora Macdonald

February 8, 1869
Baroness Macdonald of Earnscliffe and daughter Mary Macdonald. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Baroness Macdonald of Earnscliffe and daughter Mary Macdonald. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

On February 8, 1869, Mary Theodora Macdonald was born to Lady Agnes and Sir John A. "She is laying asleep in her blankets — my very own darling baby — my little daughter, the sweet gift from Heaven." Agnes wrote in her diary. Shortly after delivery, Mary was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. Agnes was heart-broken, but if Sir John A. was depressed over the news, he never showed it. It is perhaps one of the most telling aspects of his character that he developed a profound, fierce, protective and unconditional love for his Little Baboo, as he called Mary.