In 1823, Archibald McNab, 13th Chief of Clan McNab, eluded his creditors in Scotland and escaped to Upper Canada. In 1825, he paid for the passage of 115 emigrants from Perthshire. He told the Highlanders—peasant crofters with virtually no education—that the government had given him the land—that they would be his feudal tenants forever. McNab, by David Mulholland, is a novel telling the story of the settlers’ 16-year struggle to free themselves from the tyranny of a highland chief who held tenaciously to the tradition of the Scottish clan, and ruthlessly exploited their own attachment to the traditions of clan loyalty.

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Author’s other title:
Chaudière Falls

3 reviews for McNab

  1. Tiffany Yemen

    I started reading it (McNab) recently, and did I ever enjoy it! You certainly know how to tell a story! I just wanted to let you know that I will keep it to read again. 
    Jayne Sigmund

  2. Tiffany Yemen

    I just finished McNab. I could hardly put it down. It sure rings of a true story. With the
    Scottish dialect and accents, you can hear the voices as if it was a stage play or movie.
    Thank you for such a wonderful contribution to Canadian literature. 
    John Robillard

  3. Tiffany Yemen

    McNab skilfully merges fiction with historical events, and in so doing brings to light a
    little known chapter in Canadian history. One of the author’s great strengths is his ability
    to bring authenticity to the conversations between the characters. At times I could
    picture myself listening as these rough, uneducated men poured out anger and
    frustration in their thick Scottish accents. The Chief’s bagpiper has a fling with a lusty
    Irish lass who cares not a whit about the moral conventions of her dour Presbyterian
    neighbours. Aye, tis truly “a good read!” 
    Charles Fairhall

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