The Hebridean Scots of the Province of Quebec
  Oscar & Finlay: 
Bards of Scottish Lingwick

A brand new book, compiled and edited by T.A. McKay, Grand-nephew to Oscar Dhu
Over 400 pages, with poetry, biographies of the poets, maps, photos, and index of names
$45.00 ($63 Canadian), price lowered in Sept. 2005

Blurb from the sales flyer:

"Oscar Dhu, that is Angus B. MacKay (1864-1923), and his friend Finlay McRitchie (1841-1923) were the two best-known poets of the Scottish community of Lingwick in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. they celebrated the lives, the events, the marriages, the deaths, and the politics of their fellow Scotsmen in their Compton County communities. These two bards also elevated the local pranks by treating them with humor and by celebrating them in rhyme. They lifted up the farming folk by giving them stature in their verses. Our Scottish past and our Scottish culture is a treasure worth passing on to our children and grandchildren. Oscar left Lingwick in late 1898 and spent the following years in Seattle. And this book is meant as a memorial to the Lingwick sojourn of our Scots ancestors.

This totally new volume contains:

20 poems of Oscar Dhu -- as yet unprinted in book form
7 Poems of Finlay McRitchie, including one in Gaelic with translation
Photos of Oscar and of Finlay -- Numerous other photos and prints
Map of the Compton County Scots country
Identification of numerous early Scots who are mentioned
Countless footnotes and annotations, and map.
Index of names
Chapters on the life and writings of Oscar Dhu, drawing on much of his prose
Chapter on Finlay MacRitchie
Some poetry of early kin to Oscar Dhu.
Reflections on the role of poetry in the community
Poetry & chapter on the community of later Lingwick."

Available only from its author:

T. A. McKay
615 South Barton
Arlington, VA 22204

Send only check or money order: 

$55.00 ($80 Canadian) per copy
+$4.00 book-rate shipping (for any number of books)
(The fixed shipping charge provides a bargain to multi-volume orders!)

Another essential book available from the author:

Donald Morrison, the Canadian Outlaw: a Tale of Scottish Pioneers, by Oscar Dhu (Angus B. MacKay), The Enhanced Centennial Edition, a reprint of the above, edited by T.A. McKay, 1993, 137 pp. (Original publication in Sherbrooke, 1892), 135 p.
Plastic-bound: $18.00 (or $23.00 Canadian) (price lowered Sept. 2005)
Hardbound: $28.00 (or $35.00 Canadian) (price lowered Sept. 2005)

The Register of McKays, Descendants of Norman McKay from Mealista on the Isle of Lewis, compiled by T.A. McKay, 1993, 193 pp.
Plastic-bound: $45.00 (or $60.00 Canadian)
Hardbound: $60.00 (or $70.00 Canadian)

(I reap no financial rewards from any of these sales, but I highly recommend each of them for their intrinsic interest and for the thorough scholarship that produced them. The prices are reasonable given the limited number of copies Mr. McKay could print. pm)

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