William M. Conacher,
Dr. William Morison Conacher, "Connie",
born 11th Oct 1877, Ashwell, Hertfordshire.
He was educ University of Lausanne. He was educ University of London.
He emigrated to Canada 1911.
In 1911-13 he was Master of Moderns at Upper Canada College, prestigious private boys' school, Toronto.
He returned to Europe to marry Madeline.
Listed as teacher, living Toronto, at mar 1914 [GROI].
He mar 16 July 1914 to Madeline Cashel ["Dot", born 23rd July 1882, descendant through Blennerhassett of Edward III].
They were on honeymoon in Switzerland when WWI broke out on 1 Aug 1914. They fled across Continent on the last, overcrowded trains before the invasion of France.
In 1915 he was lecturer in French at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, where he remained for the rest of his career.
Editor of Queen's Quarterly. Secretary of "The Saturday Club". One of original members of the Queen's Faculty Players.
Madeline supposedly taught in Mary MacSwiney's school for girls in Cork. But this would be post-1917 - surely they were in Canada.
William visited his relations in Scotland early spring 1922, leaving Madeline with her sister at Cashel House, Connemara.
After the twins died at Cashel, July 1922, the Conachers had great difficulty getting back across Civil War-torn Ireland.
James O'Mara could not hire a car in Dublin to get down to Connemara, so he bought one, on the understanding that if it returned to Dublin safely, he could sell it back. See [Lavelle, 1961].
William got PhD from University of Montreal.
In 1931 he became Associate Professor of French at Queen's University.
In 1936 full professor.
He retired 1947, though still wrote.
Author of "Arnold Bennett and the French Realists", Queen's Quarterly, vol 56, no 3, autumn 1949.
He died morning of Fri 20th June 1958, Ongwanda Sanatorium, Kingston, Ontario, age 80 yrs.
Obituary in Kingston Whig Standard, Fri 20th June 1958.
Funeral Mon 23rd June 1958, bur St.Mary's cemetery, Kingston.
Madeline moved to Toronto.
She died think 10th, Sept 1965, Toronto, age 83 yrs.
William and Madeline had issue:
Desmond Conacher, Cashel House, 1922.
(Left to Right): Jim Conacher, Eithne O'Mara, Desmond Conacher.
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