Lt. Allan MacNab

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Allan MacNab

Birthdate: (62)
Death: June 6, 1830 (62)
Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada
Place of Burial: Hamilton, ON, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Cpt. Robert MacNab, 2nd of Dundurn and Mary Stuart
Husband of Anne Nancy MacNab
Father of Robert MacNab; David Archibald MacNab; The Hon. Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1st Baronet of Dundurn Castle and Lucy Louisa MacNab
Brother of Flora McNab and Robert MacNab
Half brother of Archibald MacNab; Elizabeth MacNab; James MacNab; Ann MacNab and Margaret MacNab

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About Lt. Allan MacNab

He is not the son of Mary Stuart of the Stuarts of Ardgowan Allan was originally buried on the family plot of the grounds of Dundurn Castle. In 1909, the remains were moved to Hamilton Cemetery. The headstone reads born 1758.

Name: Allan MACNAB Death: 06 JUN 1830 in Toronto, York County, Ontario, Canada

   No record has been found of Allan's birth. Biographies of his son, The Hon. Sir Allan Napier MacNab of Dundurn Castle, show Lt. Allan MacNab as being born in England and say only that he was descended from the MacNabs of Dundurn, Perthshire. Some give his father's name as Robert. As Robert MacNab was 2nd of Dundurn then there isn't much margin for error here so we can be confident that Robert MacNab, 2nd of Dundurn, was Allan's father.
   The question of Allan's mother is a different matter. The Comrie OPR clearly shows the marriage of Robert MacNab, 2nd of Dundurn, to Jean Stewart of Ardvorlich and shows the baptisms of their children with Jean Stewart as the mother. However, Allan was born three years prior to his father's marriage to Jean Stewart of Ardvorlich. Thus Allan was either from a previous marriage or was illegitimate. No record of any previous marriage has been found so it would appear that Allan was probably illegitimate. Burke's Landed Gentry (LG19 I:951) gives Allan's mother as "Mary Stuart" with no further information on her. Some unverified on-line genealogies show Mary Stuart as a descendant of the Stuarts of Ardgowan, but we have found no evidence to support this claim. ElectricScotland shows Allan McNab's mother as Jean Stewart of Ardvorlich, but gives no evidence to support its claim either. If ElectricScotland is correct then Robert MacNab, 2nd of Dundurn, fathered a child with Jean Stewart of Ardvorlich and then later married her. Either way, Jean Stewart of Ardvorlich was at least the step-mother of Allan MacNab if not his full mother.
   Allan MacNab was a Lieutenant and served in the 3rd Dragoons, the 71st Highland Light Infantry, and the (Loyalist) Queen's Rangers. Allan immigrated to Newark, Ontario, Canada (then the capital of the province of Upper Canada and presently known as Niagara-on-the-Lake) where he served as the principal aide-de-camp to General Simcoe, 1st Governor of Upper Canada, and commander of the Queen's Rangers. Just prior to 1812, Simcoe disbanded the Queen's Rangers and moved his capital from Newark to "Muddy" York, Upper Canada (present-day Toronto, Ontario, Canada). The MacNab family moved with Simcoe to York.
   The Dictionary of Canadian Biography says the following about Allan MacNab:
   Allan Napier MacNab’s father had been a lieutenant in John Graves Simcoe’s 2nd corps of Queen’s Rangers which saw action in the American revolution. Put on half pay, he settled in York (Toronto) where he was denied further military preferment and a high civil placement. A sometimes bankrupt Allan MacNab struggled on the fringe of Upper Canada’s Tory society.

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Father: Robert MACNAB 2nd of Dundurn b: ABT 1740 in Killin or Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland Mother: Jean STEWART b: ABT 08 MAY 1748 in Balimeanoch, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland

Marriage 1 Anne Nancy NAPIER b: AUG 1772 in Quebec, Quebec, Canada

   Married: 31 MAY 1792 in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Quebec, Quebec, Canada


   Has No Children Robert MACNAB b: 1794 in Canada
   Has Children David Archibald MACNAB b: 1798 in Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
   Has Children Allan Napier MACNAB 1st Baronet of Dundurn Castle and Premier of Canada b: 19 FEB 1798 in Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake), Lincoln, Ontario, Canada
   Has No Children Lucy Louisa MACNAB b: 1806 in Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
   Has No Children Anna Maria MACNAB b: 18 JUN 1810 in Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada


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Lt. Allan MacNab's Timeline

Age 26
February 19, 1798
Age 30
Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake), Lincoln, Ontario, Canada
Age 30
Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
Age 38
Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
June 6, 1830
Age 62
Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada
Hamilton, ON, Canada