Hugh Pearson MacMillan

Hugh Pearson MacMillan   1924 Р2012

Hugh P. MacMillan


On 21 July 2012 the founding president of our society, the well-known Hugh P MacMillan, passed away at the age of 88 in his sleep at his Ottawa residence, lucid to his final days. His wife, the former Muriel Diver, and their four children and several grandchildren remain. Hugh P was the negotiator in the late 1950s for the acquisition of the Star Inn which remains the centrepiece of the Glengarry Pioneer Museum complex at Dunvegan. In 1962, when the Society was chartered he began a second collection, this time centred on the early fur trade of the North West Company, which is now curated by the Nor’Wester & Loyalist Museum in Williamstown.

Hugh P’s own account of these days is detailed in a article he wrote for our annual volume, Glengarry Life (1997), but for the best account of his remarkable life one must read his autobiography entitled Adventures of a Paper Sleuth (Penumbra Press, Manotick ON, 2004). The announcement of his passing was covered in the Glengarry News and is available on their website, as is his funeral eulogy which is on the website of our society.

The funeral at Kirkhill (St Columba’s) was attended by a large crowd of friends and neighbours with many coming from a far distance, all sharing in the web of friendship and interests that inspired our founder throughout his days.


David G Anderson