19 Facts About Allan MacNab


Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1st Baronet was a Canadian political leader who served as joint Premier of the Province of Canada from 1854 to 1856.


When MacNab was a one year old, he was baptized in the Anglican church in St Mark's Parish of Newark.


Allan MacNab's father was a lieutenant in the 71st Regiment and the Queen's Rangers under Lt-Col.


Allan MacNab probably served at the Battle of York and certainly as the point man in the Canadian forlorn hope that headed the Anglo-Canadian assault on Fort Niagara.


Allan MacNab opposed the reform movement in Upper Canada that was led by William Lyon Mackenzie.


When Mackenzie led the Upper Canada Rebellion in 1837, Allan MacNab was part of the force of British regular troops and Upper Canada militia that moved against Mackenzie at Montgomery's Tavern in Toronto on 7 December, dispersing Mackenzie's rebels in less than an hour.


Duncombe's men dispersed when they learned that Allan MacNab was waiting for them.


In 1826, Allan MacNab moved from York to Hamilton, where he established a successful law office, but it was chiefly by land speculation that he made his fortune.


Allan MacNab served on several boards, including as a board member of the Beacon Fire and Life Insurance Co.


Allan MacNab represented Hamilton in Parliament from 1830 until his death in 1862, first in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada, then in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada, and finally in the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada representing the Western Division.


Allan MacNab was joint Premier of the province from 1854 to 1856.


Allan MacNab committed a breach of privilege and was arrested by the sergeant-of-arms during the 10th Parliament of Upper Canada after a motion by the legislative assembly.


Allan MacNab retaliated by accusing William Lyon Mackenzie of breach of privilege and motioned for him to be expelled from the house.


Allan MacNab was a "Compact Tory" - a supporter of the Family Compact which had controlled Upper Canada prior to the union of the Canadas.


Allan MacNab opposed the policy of the "Ultra Reformers" to implement responsible government.


When Parliament met at Montreal, Allan MacNab took apartments there at Donegana's Hotel.


Allan MacNab married his second wife, Mary, who died 8 May 1846 and was a Catholic; she was the daughter of John Stuart, Sheriff of the Johnstown District, Ontario.


Allan MacNab married at Dundurn Castle, Hamilton, on 15 November 1855, William Keppel, Viscount Bury, afterwards the 7th Earl of Albemarle, who died in 1894.


The Toronto Globe and the Hamilton Spectator expressed strong doubts about the conversion, and the Anglican rector of Christ Church declared that Allan MacNab died a Protestant.