Fonds 2011-059 - Alexander McDougall Sr. and Alexander McDougall Jr.

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Alexander McDougall Sr. and Alexander McDougall Jr.

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    • 1806-1855 (Creation)
      McDougall, Alexander 'Sandy' Sr., [ca. 1765]-1834

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    10 cm of textual records

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    Alexander "Sandy" McDougall Sr. was born in Stirling, Scotland on 17 March 1765 and married Catherine "Kate" Buchanan. They came to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1795. Together they had the following children: Arthur (1791-1838) who married Mary Ann Irish in 1816; Daniel (1794-1802); Margaret Ann who married James Duffus in 1818; Isabella Catherine who married William Duffus; Hugh A. (1802-1803); Alexander, Jr. (1804-1855), and Elizabeth Arbuthnot (born ca. 1810) who married Archibald Scott. Alexander McDougall died on 30 August 1834. His wife, Kate, had predeceased him on 16 January 1834.

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    Alexander McDougall Jr. was born on 4 February 1804 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the son of Alexander and Catherine (Buchanan) McDougall. He was educated at the Pictou Academy. He studied to be a lawyer and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1826. He married Elizabeth Ann (Watson) Van Buskirk on 24 January 1831. Together they had the following children: Catherine (born 1833,) who married James Edward Wilson, and Marianne (1836-1844). McDougall served as MLA for Sydney County between 1836 and 1840. He subsequently served as a member of the Legislative Council between 1844 and 1855. He died in Halifax on 13 March 1855.

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    Fonds consists of correspondence between Alexander "Sandy" McDougall Sr., Alexander McDougall Jr. and various members of the McDougall family, including Isabella Catherine (McDougall) Duffus and Elizabeth Ann (Van Buskirk) McDougall. Also includes correspondence from Joseph Howe to Alexander McDougall Jr., along with several pages of notes written by Howe about McDougall's life and poetry for a posthumous publication of his poetry. The fonds also includes several volumes of poetry collected and written by McDougall, a newspaper clipping from the Mechanic & Farmer relating to a poetry lecture given by McDougall at the Antigonish Mechanic's Institute, and a copy of "Funeral Oration on the death of Hon. Daniel Webster" inscribed to Joseph Howe from Amasa McCoy. Also included in the fonds is the marriage certificate of McDougall to Elizabeth Van Buskirk.

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    Donated by Helen Duffus in 1990.


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        RG 1 volume 120 pages 219-220.
        RG 36 volume 76e page 173.
        MG 100 volume 182 number 22.

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