The Cruickshank Grammar School

1829
Kingston, Upper Canada. Source: Library and Archives of Canada.Pinterest
Kingston, Upper Canada. Source: Library and Archives of Canada.

In 1829, the Macdonalds moved John A. to Reverend John Cruickshank's new, co-educational Kingston Grammar School. It was during this period that John A.'s plans to become a lawyer became finalized. He travelled to York (now Toronto) to write the exam that would allow him to serve as an articled lawyer. The colony was growing and lawyers were in demand. Start-up costs were minimal. There was no formal educational training required. Articled lawyers were paid a reasonable salary to learn on the job. In 1830, at age 15, John A. landed a position as an apprentice to fellow Scot, George Mackenzie, one of the most prominent, ambitious and successful lawyers in Kingston.