Short Chronology of Sir Andrew Macphail’s Life

1864    Birth of Andrew Macphail in Orwell, PEI
1880    Entrance to Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown
1882    First teaching position, in Melville, PEI
1883    Becomes principal of Malpeque Grammar School
1885    Enters McGill University, Montreal
1888    Graduates in Arts
1891    Wins international essay contest on Vivisection
Graduates Medicine
Marries Georgina Burland
1892    Further medical training in England
1893    Appointed professor in the University of Bishop’s College Faculty of Medicine, Montreal
1894    Andrew and Georgina move to 216 Peel Street, Montreal
Birth of son Jeffrey Burland Macphail
1896    Conducts research on the canned lobster industry in PEI
1897    Joins Pen and Pencil Club of Montreal
Birth of daughter Dorothy Cochrane Macphail (Lindsay)
1902    Death of Georgina (wife)
1903    Becomes Managing Editor of the Montreal Medical Journal
1905    Commences spending his summers in Orwell
Publishes his first book, Essays in Puritanism
            Death of his father, William, “The Master”
1906    Publishes novel, The Vine of Sibmah: A Relation of the Puritans
1907    Founds the University Magazine, which he edits and publishes from 216 Peel Str
Appointed McGill’s first professor of History of Medicine
1908    (ca.) Commences agricultural experiments in Orwell
1909    Publishes Essays in Politics
1910    Publishes Essays in Fallacy
1911    Becomes a founding editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal
His eyesight is seriously damaged in a domestic accident
1914    Publishes The Land: A Play of Character
            Enlists for active military service
1915    Arrives in France
1916    Transferred from the front to a staff position
Publishes The Book of Sorrow
1917    Transferred to London
1918    Knighted
1919    Returns to Canada
1920    Discontinues the University Magazine
            Death of his mother (The Master’s Wife/Catherine)
1921    Publishes translation of Maria Chapdelaine
            Is wounded by gunshot in 216 Peel Street (His home)
1925    Publishes Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great Ware, 1914-19: The Medical Services
1927    Publishes “American Methods in Medical Education”
1929    Publishes Three Persons
1930    Is Vice President of the Montreal Repertory Theatre at its founding
1931    Publishes The Bible in Scotland
1935    Travels to the Soviet Union
1937    Retirement from McGill University (Montreal)
1938    Death in Montreal
1939    Publication of The Master’s Wife
1961    Donation of his childhood home to the Province of Prince Edward Island

Robertson, Ian R. 2008 Sir Andrew Macphail: the life and legacy of a Canadian man of letters. Montreal, Quebec. McGill-Queen’s University Press.

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