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(McLEOD, Norman). McPHERSON, Flora. Watchman Against The World : The Story of Norman McLeod and His People. Toronto : The Ryerson Press, (1962). First Canadian Edition. "Printed in Great Britain". Pp (8),9-189,(3) + 8 pages of plates. Maps. 8vo (147 x 222 m), black cloth, red spine panel, gilt lettering to spine.
Tennyson 559, Tennyson, Cape Bretoniana 4535, MacDonald, A Bibliography of Victoria County, 195.
From Scotland to St. Ann's, Cape Breton to New Zealand.
Norman McLeod, (b. September 17, 1780, Lochinver, Sutherland – d. March 14, 1866, Waipu, New Zealand).
Miss Flora McPherson (the only child of James and Maribel McPherson, b. ca 1920 Crinan, Elgin County, Ontario - d. ?) was a librarian in London, Ontario at the time of publication.
"A strange sea-saga of the mid-nineteenth century, of the long and perilous voyage from Nova Scotia to New Zealand by six brave, local-built ships: the Margaret, the Highland Lass, the Gertrude, the Spray, the Breadalbane, the Ellen Lewis, is perhaps the climax of this remarkable story. For with them the six ships took a ready-made community. Their passengers had come individually from Scotland to make a new home in Canada. In the thirty years that they had lived around the bay of St. Ann's on Cape Breton Island they had found unity in one man, Norman McLeod.
It was not their love for him that united them; some of them hated him bitterly, and with good reason. It was not their cheerful obedience to his rule; some of them accepted it with grudging coldness. It was not even agreement with his beliefs; rebellion smouldered in many minds. But because each was in some way weaker than he, they were all caught in the sphere of Norman's control. They were within his wall against the world.
As their magistrate, landowner, teacher and clergyman, he was a tyrant in the days when small tyrants were building Canadian communities. But in his persuasive rule he excelled them all. Ruthlessly he bent them all to his will.
This is the story of his road to power, the community he created and the destiny which they found together in a quiet New Zealand bay at Waipu, where once more he tried to shape them and they responded with hatred and adoration, with fear and with reverence. " - from the dj.
1. A Child of Assynt;
2. The Problem of Irreverence;
3. The Making of a Rebel;
4. Contest in Ullapool;
5. Norman's Ark;
6. A Haven at St. Ann's;
7. With Lawful Authority;
8. Cape Breton Schoolmaster;
9. The Master's Household;
10. Hero-tyrant of St. Ann's;
11. Whips and Scorpions;
12. Farms, Fish and Timber;
14. Southward to Destiny;
15. A New Home;
16. Six Brave Ships [the Margaret, the Highland Lass, the Gertrude, the Spray, the Breadalbane, and the Ellen Lewis,];
17. Into the World.
With a brief bibliography.
Very good in rubbed, torn dustjacket. 45.00
Title: Watchman Against The World : The Story of Norman McLeod and His People. First Canadian Edition in dustjacket
Publisher: Ryerson Press, Toronto, 1962,: 1962
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