Lt. Colonel Ian McLean MacDonell, M.B.E., V.D.
The Sash Our Forefathers Wore
Lieutenant Colonel I. M. Macdonell MBE, VD was born August 8, 1895 in Toronto, son of A. McLean Macdonell. He was a great grandnephew of Colonel John Macdonell, former Attorney General of Upper Canada, who fell at Queenston Heights whilst leading the Canadians after General Brock had been killed. His father was a lawyer in Toronto at Bain, Bickness, Macdonell and Gordon. Macdonell graduated from Upper Canada College and had a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto. He then worked at his father’s law office.
He was called to the bar in May, 1920 and set up his law practice in Toronto and served as an alderman on city council in 1926 and 1927. He was appointed as a judge of the County Court of York in 1933 and was appointed as a judge of the Surrogate Court of York in 1949. He wrote several books covering the field of law, his last one being “Criminal Appeals” in 1989.
Macdonell was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 137 and served as the County Master of the Loyal Orange County Lodge of Toronto in 1932.
As Queen’s Own Commanding Officer, he was presented to His Majesty King George VI during the Royal Visit to Toronto in May 1939.
Judge Macdonell died in Toronto in 1992.