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Allisonian Firsts: Margaret (Hilton) MacIntyre

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Margaret (Hilton) MacIntyre

First Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from Mount Allison University, 1925

Margaret Emily Hilton was born on 1 September 1904 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. She was the daughter of Arthur William Hilton (1871-1959) and Cora Lincoln (Williams) (1875-1963). Her father was a sea captain; her mother regularly accompanied him on his sea voyages, while Margaret spent most of her childhood living with her grandparents. In an account of her family’s life, Margaret writes of how her mother would come home to give birth before returning to sea with the baby, leaving Margaret ashore in Yarmouth. [1]

Margaret was educated at the Yarmouth Academy before entering the Mount Allison Ladies' College in 1922 to undertake studies in Household Science. After graduating in 1924, she attended the first session of the Mount Allison summer school and in the fall entered the University. In 1925, she earned the first Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from Mount Allison University. She subsequently obtained a position on the Household Science faculty at the Ladies' College. 

She married Malcom Murray MacIntyre on 26 December 1927 in Yarmouth, NS.


[1] MacIntyre, Margaret Hilton. "Family life for a captain's family." Yarmouth County Museum & Archives, MS 735, 1994: 63. See also "The church of my fathers," Yarmouth History,