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Thomas Macfarlane MacIntyre

MacIntyre, Thomas Macfarlane, M.A., LL.B., Brantford, Principal of the Ladies' College, is a Canadian by birth, but his parents came to this country from Argyleshire, Scotland. His mother was Margaret, nee Carswell, and his maternal grandmother was a Macfarlane. The subject of this sketch was born in the year 1841, in the township of Oxford, County of Kent, and having obtained a good education in the village school, he prepared himself for the profession of teaching. His first school was at Port Glasgow, in the County of Elgin; and his second was the village school at Duart. He continued his studies in the Grammer School at Wardsville, which was under the headmastership of the Rev. D. J. Macdonnell, B.D. In 1864 he entered the Belleville Seminary, then affiliated with the Toronto University, with the view of taking the University course. He passed his second year in the University in 1866, and in the following year, Albert College having obtained university powers, he became a charter graduate in arts of the institution. It was his intention to prosecute still further his mathematical studies, which were his favourite pursuits at that time, but was offered the position of adjunct professor in mathematics in the college, which position he accepted. In addition to the work of the mathematical department, Professor Macintyre devoted himself closely to the study of modern languages and history, and the latter department was placed under his charge during the third year of his professorship. In 1870 he received the appointment of headmaster of the Bowmanville High School, and in 1872 that of the Ingersoll High School. His religious training was obtained in a strict Presbyterian home. He was largely influenced by the godly life of a most intelligent pious and devoted mother, who is still living. For many years Mr. Macintyre had a view to the ministry, and in 1878 was making arrangements to take a theological course, when he was called to fill the important position of principal of the Presbyterian Ladies' College in Brantford, Ontario, which position he still holds. In this year he obtained his degree of LL.B. Under his wise administration, this institution has become favourably known for its elevated standard, and the thoroughness of its achievements in the higher education of women. When the Toronto University made provision for the holding of local examinations for women, this college at once availed itself of the advantages afforded. The principal has taken a deep interest in all the educational questions of the day, and has been a strong advocate of a provincial university, with federated colleges, combining and preserving both state and denominational interests. As a teacher he stands deservedly high. Professor Macintyre is one of the few successful men who have remained in the profession, and have risen to occupy the prominent places available to talent in the profession. He is in the strictest sense a student. Whilst he has devoted much attention to philosophical subjects, his systematic reading, since 1868, has been in the department of history and early English. His method of teaching history is essentially the topical, giving special prominence to dramatic unity. He has one of the best selected historical libraries in the country. In 1883 he visited Great Britain and the continent, having in view the places of historic interest. As a public lecturer, Principal Macintyre has gained a high reputation. His lectures on Lord Nelson, Culloden, Cromwell, Imperial Federation, the Moor in Spain, and others, give evidence of his grasp of historical subjects, and his power to give a vivid setting to the thoughts and actions that have influenced men and nations. He was married in 1870 to the second daughter of the late Robert Walker, of East Whitby. Robert Walker was one of the early settlers in Whitby, well know and highly esteemed. In politics he was a staunch Liberal, and frequently urged to become the peoples' representative in parliament, but resolutely refused to enter into political life. There are now living many who can remember the valuable services which, in his day, he ably rendered. He died in 1870 at the early age of 56. Principal Macintyre, is in the prime of life, is an earnest student, and is blessed with a sound constitution, and has prospects before him of increased usefulness, and of attaining still higher distiction in his chosen department of work.

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