Monthly Presentation – McNab: Conflict and Settlement in the British Colony of Upper Canada
City of Ottawa Archives
Title: McNab: Conflict and Settlement in the British Colony of Upper Canada
Speaker: David Mulholland
1:00-1:30: networking and refreshments
McNab, a novel of dramatized history, portrays the lives of 19th century immigrants struggling with personal, political and social challenges in their new home. Entrusted with the settlement of a township in 1825, Chief Archibald McNab brings crofters (farmers) over from the Highlands. He tells them he owns the land, and tries to impose the Scottish feudal system. Led by Donald Cameron, the story depicts the settlers’ sixteen-year fight against the tyranny of their Chief.
Before emigrating, families suffer extreme hardship and brutality during the Highland Clearances. In Albany County, New York, settlers deal with life under a similar feudal system. And there’s romance! McNab’s piper, Malcolm Kenneth MacGregor, has a turbulent relationship with Colleen O’Malley, an Irish lass who challenges his beliefs about marriage and women. Her passionate independence takes his heart on a wild ride.
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