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Donald Ban Maclennan


Maclennan, Donald Ban, Q.C, Barrister-at-Law, Cornwall, was born on the 17th October, 1836, in the County of Glengarry, Ontario. He is a son of Farqahar Ban Maclennan, and Catherine Fraser, his wife. The latter died in 1841, and the former in 1868. D. B. Maclennan was educated at Queen’s College, Kingston, Ontario, graduating as B. A. in 1857, and taking the degree of M. A. in course in 1861. After graduating, Mr. Maclennan became head master of the Watertown and Port Dover Grammar schools, until May, 1861, when he commenced the study of law in the office of the late Honourable John Sandfield Macdonald, the senior member of the law firm of Macdonald & Maclennan, in which his Late brother, John B. Maclennan, was the junior member. In 1864, he continued his legal studies in the law office of Mowat & Maclennan, at Toronto, until August, 1865, when he was called to the bar. He immediately commenced the practice of his profession at Cornwall, as the third member of the firm of Macdonald & Maclennan. The changes occasioned by the death of the late Mr. Macdonald, in 1872, arid of the late John B. Maclennan, in 1873, resulted in the formation of the new firm of Maclennan & Macdonald, which continued the old business, and in which our subject was the Senior member until 1883. The name and composition of the firm was then again changed, and the business has since the latter date been carried on by the firm of Maclennan & Liddell, of which Mr. Maclennan in the senior member. He joined in the vollunteer movement arising out of the Trent affair, and held a commission in the volunteer force at Cornwall from 1862 to 1864, when be removed, temporarily, to Toronto. Mr. Maclennan has been a member of the Temporalities Board of the Presbyterian Church for the last three years, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University, of Kingston, since 1879. He was a candidate at the general election for the Dominion in 1878, in the Reform interest, for Cornwall, but was defeated by a majority of 38 votes. He is a member and elder in the Presbyterian Church, and married on the 12th July, 1871, Elizabeth Margaret, daughter of Samuel Cline, of Cornwall, merchant.

There have been eight children, two of whom are dead. Mr. Maclennan was appointed a Q.C. in 1876.


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