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Hugh Macmillan

Hugh Pearson MacMillan was born in 1924 in Fitzroy Harbour, near Arnprior in the Ottawa Valley. His ancestors came to Canada from Scotland in 1793. By age 39, Hugh had been a soldier, a farmer, a sailor, an insurance agent, a journalist, and a public relations manager for a circus company and for a hypnotist. In the late 1950s, Hugh began to pursue his long-time interest in local and family history, involving himself in the founding of the Glengarry Historical Society, the Dunvegan Pioneer Museum, and the NorWester and Loyalist Museum at Williamstown. In 1964, Hugh persuaded the Ontario Archives to hire him as a roving archivist. Over the next 25 years, he secured the deposit of an invaluable mass of documentation. All Canadians are in his debt for his initiative in 1967 to retrace voyageur canoe routes and to re-enact fur trade history. In 1984, MacMillan was honoured with a Doctorate of Letters by Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario.

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