Why isn’t he with his family
Whether you believe or not, bad karma followed Sir Allan MacNab throughout his life. This Lord of Dundurn Castle made shady business deals.
You’re thinking, “don’t all successful business folk do this?” Maybe, but it’s believed he was on a different level.
Then on March 12, 1857 it gave way. 60 men, women and children plunged into the icy waters and their death.
Followed to his Death
On his death bed he was an Anglican. Sir Allan died a Catholic. What happened? His sister-in-law and the Catholic Bishop of Hamilton.
They walked out of Dundurn and told everyone, “Sir Allan MacNab has converted!”
The people denied it, the media denied it, but the Mayor of Hamilton believed it. Through political pressure the rumour stuck and MacNab was buried as a Catholic. Put in the family cemetery (once located in the back corner of now Dundurn Park) with a ceremonial guarded over by men with guns. The Mayor’s solution to religious violence.
Finally, what happened…
They moved the bodies!
Starting with the creation of the Hamilton Cemetery across the street. Then a city bylaw. It stated “you can no longer bury loved ones in the backyard, and… you can’t keep your currently dead loved ones!”
All pioneer cemeteries across the core were moved to the Hamilton Cemetery, including the Hamilton family itself. And of course, the MacNab’s across the street.
Most of the MacNab’s that is. Sir Allan being the only Catholic was not allowed in a non-denominational Hamilton Cemetery. So they put him in the Catholic Holy Sepulchre down the street (now Burlington).
And one final shot of Karma… they threw him into an unmarked grave!
Historians take pity
105 years later (1967) a marker was installed by the Canadian Club of Hamilton.
Maybe this act of kindness is a sign his chaotic Karma now rests.