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James Charles McKeagney
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cape Breton
In office
Succeeded byNewton LeGayet Mackay
William McDonald
Personal details
County Tyrone, Ireland
Died14 September 1879
St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
Political partyAnti-Confederate

James Charles McKeagney (1815 – 14 September 1879) was a Canadian lawyer, politician, and judge.

Born in County Tyrone, Ireland, he moved to Nova Scotia with his family in 1822. He was educated in Baddeck and at McQueen's Academy in Halifax. McKeagney was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 1838. He was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Richmond County in 1840 but his election was overturned on a technicality. McKeagney represented Inverness County from 1843 to 1847 and then Sydney Township from 1848 to 1851 and again from 1855 to 1859. In 1857, he was named inspector of mines and minerals. McKeagney was named Queen's Counsel in 1866.

He was married twice: to Eliza Henry in 1842 and to Eliza Hearne in 1857.

In 1867, he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada for the Nova Scotia riding of Cape Breton as a member of the Anti-Confederation Party. He was defeated in 1872.[1]

In 1872, he was appointed a puisne judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba. McKeagney died in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Election results

1872 Canadian federal election: Cape Breton
Party Candidate Votes % Elected
Conservative Newton LeGayet MacKay 1,240 Green tickY
Conservative William McDonald 1,038 Green tickY
Liberal–Conservative Hugh McLeod 932
Liberal–Conservative James McKeagney 882
Source: Canadian Elections Database[2]
1867 Canadian federal election: Cape Breton
Party Candidate Votes
Anti-Confederation Hon. James McKeagney acclaimed
This electoral district was created by the British North America Act, 1867 from the colonial Province of Nova Scotia'a Cape Breton electoral district. Neither of the incumbents ran in this election.
Source: Library of Parliament[3]


  1. ^ "Memorable Manitobans: James Charles McKeagney (1815-1879)". Manitoba Historical Society. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  2. ^ Sayers, Anthony M. "1872 Federal Election". Canadian Elections Database. Archived from the original on 3 February 2024.
  3. ^ Library of Parliament. "History of Federal Ridings since 1867, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (1867 - 1904)". Retrieved 6 December 2015.