Agnes (Bernard) Macdonald
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Susan Agnes (Bernard) Macdonald (1836 - 1920)

Baroness Susan Agnes (Agnes) Macdonald formerly Bernard
Born in Spanish Town, Jamaicamap
Wife of — married 16 Feb 1867 in London, Englandmap
Died at age 84 in Eastbourne, Englandmap
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Lady Agnes Macdonald was the second wife of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. She was a talented writer, who in addition to her diaries, published travel and political sketches.[1]

Agnes, born in 1836 in Jamaica, was the daughter of Thomas Bernard, a plantation owner and member of Jamaica's Privy Council, and Theodora Hewitt. [2][3] After her father's death in 1850, the family emigrated to Canada. Her brother Hewitt became John A. Macdonald's private secretary when Macdonald was attorney general of Canada West. But it wasn't until 1867 that Agnes married Macdonald after a chance encounter in London, England, where she and her mother were living with family.[4]


  1. The Canadian Encyclopedia [1]
  2. "Jamaica Births and Baptisms, 1752-1920," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 August 2015), Susan Agnes Bernard, ; citing Jamaica, reference v3A,it1,p306,#154; FHL microfilm 1,291,712.
  3. Creighton, Donald. John A. Macdonald. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998, p. 455. Google e-Book
  4. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 August 2015), John Alexander Macdonald, 1867; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Marriage, St. George Hanover Square, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

See also: Wikipedia:Agnes Macdonald, 1st Baroness Macdonald of Earnscliffe

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Her personal Fonds Collections and papers of her husband as well can be found within the Library and Archives of Canada here-,204830,122166,2095973,5030348,192771,3809355,138583,3830886

Additional link to see the files is also listed for LOC /Héritage, Canadiana CRKN, Baroness Macdonald family papers : C-1447, 100 pages here -

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