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Hebridean Pioneers by Malcolm A. Macqueen
Originally published in 1957, Hebridean Pioneers by Malcolm A. Macqueen presents a thorough, well-researched account of the Scottish immigration to North America, and more specifically Prince Edward Island, Canada. Hebridean Pioneers is the result of 40 years of research and travel on the part of the author, who retired from a successful career in law and real estate to devote his time and energy to investigating the origins of his people, the Scots who left the Highlands for a new life in a new world.
Skye Pioneers and “The Island” (1929), Macqueen’s first book, is one of the earliest and best known works of genealogy and family history published in Canada. Hebridean Pioneers improves on Skye Pioneers. It is carefully written, well documented, and rich in the kind of source material historians and genealogists seek: names, facts, dates and places. Yet Hebridean Pioneers is far less cited than Macqueen’s earlier work, and less often consulted.
This new edition seeks to make this resource more widely available with a reformatted, easy-to-read text. This edition includes not only the entire text of the original edition, but also an introduction and an index of names, making the work more accessible and easier to use as a reference book. We hope it is of use to researchers seeking information about their ancestors or the history of Scottish immigration to Canada.
A Sense of Place by Margaret A. Westlie
Prince Edward Island past and present meet in this collection of essays. In A Sense of Place, Margaret Westlie combines reminiscences of her girlhood with reflections on the web of community we create through music, gift-giving and sharing the news.
Margaret Westlie also explores the sources of her creativity. The essays in “The Writing Life” offer insight into how she finds her inspiration, her use of prompts and cues to write spontaneously, and the theme of mothers and motherhood in her novels. “The Writing Life” concludes with two previously unpublished short stories.
In “Second Sight,” the final section of this book, you will encounter the paranormal as it has surprised the author in card reading, premonitions and uncanny experiences. Two new short stories open this world to you.
Read A Sense of Place and discover the world behind the novels of Margaret A. Westlie.
Pathways by Margaret A. Westlie
Pathways is a new collection of the most recent poetry by Margaret A. Westlie. Like Road Maps, her previous book of poetry, Pathways includes pithy observations and quirky points of view. It is also an exploration of self, with poems addressing childlessness, approaching old age and the isolation that can arise from a Canadian winter. In some ways, the most satisfying read is a selection of poems with the title, “Don’t Make Me Mad,” which vent annoyance and pinpoint the heart of the matter. No names are mentioned—but don’t dare claim them! Direct and probing yet fun-filled, the poems of Pathways will have you reading and rereading them.
The Back Settlement by Margaret A. Westlie
Beth must stop her father. Can she act in time?
Beth is 32 years old and a drudge in her father’s house. She once turned down a proposal from James because of her father. Now she has a second chance if she goes with him to the Back Settlement—today. But Beth’s past clouds their marriage. The day her father shows up uninvited, Beth knows she must act to protect her fragile happiness.
The Back Settlement is the fourth in the Scottish Pioneers novels by Margaret A. Westlie. Strong and determined yet vulnerable, Beth will capture your heart.
Buy The Back Settlement today and discover what Beth must do.
The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island by Harold S. MacLeod
The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island by Harold S. MacLeod (1927-2014) was last printed in 1996. This new, revised edition is based on computer files left behind after the author’s death and reflects the many revisions he made to his book until 2005. These files, typed by the author’s wife, Tilly MacLeod, have been completely reformatted to produce clear and readable text.
This edition also includes the transcripts of cemetery headstones from Prince Edward Island cemeteries found in earlier editions.
The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island is an invaluable reference book for anyone descended from the MacLeods (and McLeods) who came from Scotland to Prince Edward Island, as well as for those interested in genealogy, family history, and the history of Scottish immigration to North America.
Skye Pioneers and “The Island” by Malcolm A. Macqueen
Skye Pioneers and “The Island” by Malcolm A. Macqueen (1878-1960) was first published in 1929 by the Stovell Company in Winnipeg. It is one of the first, if not the first, published work of genealogy and family history treating the settlers from Skye, Scotland, who came to Prince Edward Island, Canada, in the 19th Century and went on to occupy positions of prominence in Canada and North America. This edition, published in conjunction with the Belfast Historical Society of Prince Edward Island, seeks to make this difficult-to-find work available to the general public in a reformatted and easy-to-read edition.
The introduction, “Malcolm Macqueen and the Writing of Skye Pioneers,” was researched and written specifically for this edition. Besides placing Skye Pioneers within the context of published North American genealogy, it provides a succinct biography of the author and suggests when and how he wrote the book. The introduction also gives insight into the author’s goals and his view of the significance of the immigration from Skye for the development of Canada.
This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the early Scottish settlement in North America and of particular value to the many today who are descended from the settlers who came from Skye aboard the Polly, Oughton and Dykes (1803) and the Mary Kennedy (1829).
Silver Bells by Margaret A. Westlie
It’s Christmas—but some uninvited guests from the other side are disrupting the family reunion.
Sisters Cassie and Liz have inherited their uncle’s old farmhouse. They are busy cleaning and redecorating when unsettling sounds and sights suggest that they are not alone in the house. The two girls decide to engineer a reconciliation among feuding family members by inviting everyone for Christmas. Among the guests is their psychic cousin Gertrude. When a ferocious snowstorm isolates the Christmas party, Gertrude’s vision of events past helps bring peace and healing to the present.
Silver Bells is the fourth book in the Partners Paranormal series by Margaret A. Westlie. Riveting, sometimes eerie but ultimately hopeful, Silver Bells will warm your heart.
Read Silver Bells today and learn the secret of the bells
Road Maps by Margaret A. Westlie
Road Maps is an anthology of poetry and short prose essays written over a number of years. The subject matter is the road to self-awareness and self-acceptance, and the poems and essays are the road maps.
The subjects of the poems are drawn from the author’s wide interests, including her home in Prince Edward Island, the time she spent in the United States and her two sojourns at Harlaxton Manor in England.
Ghost Baby by Margaret A. Westlie
What if only a three-year-old can see a ghost?
Amanda McIntyre loves her historic house, but she has afraid to be there alone. What does her friend’s son Roddy see in the attic? And whose baby cries during the night? As the ghost-hunting team investigate the history of the old house, they find some clues but no answers. They key lies in a surprising link between Amanda’s pregnancy and Roddy’s ghostly sighting.
Ghost Baby is the third book in the Partners Paranormal series by Margaret A. Westlie. Suspenseful, surprising, and delightful, Ghost Baby will keep you turning the pages.
Read Ghost Baby and follow the continuing adventures of the Partners Paranormal today!
Molly and Company by Margaret A. Westlie
A haunted house. An unruly spirit. Ghost hunt, anyone?
Connie Poste is frightened by the unsettling phenomena disturbing her isolated house, while her husband lies in a coma. But what is she hiding from the ghost-hunting team? And what does it have to do with an unruly spirit who needs rehabilitation on the other side?
Molly and Company is the second book in the Partners Paranormal series by Margaret A. Westlie. Alternately funny and frightening, Molly and Company will take you to both sides of the veil.
Read Molly and Company and follow the continuing adventures of the Partners Paranormal today!
Shades of Molly by Margaret A. Westlie
Who knew astral projection could be so fun?
While her body is helpless and mute in a wheelchair, Molly’s tart-tongued astral self delights in targeting her nemesis, Gertrude, the night nurse. When Gertrude breaks down and sees a psychologist, she begins to uncover her latent psychic powers. Will she also find romance?
Shades of Molly is the first book in the Partners Paranormal series by Margaret A. Westlie. Light-hearted and mischievous with a touch of romance, Shades of Molly will make you smile.
Read Shades of Molly and meet all the Partners Paranormal today!
An Irregular Marriage by Margaret A. Westlie
Her parents are gone. Her sweetheart is absent. Where is Annie’s home?
Annie’s family has left for a new life in Canada. Annie plans to make her home with Alistair, her betrothed. Instead she find herself alone in Scotland. Belle, Alistair’s mother, takes her in as her apprentice in midwifery and healing, while waiting for Alistair to return. But why does she discourage the marriage? Where will Annie find a home?
An Irregular Marriage is the third of the Scottish Pioneers novels by Margaret A. Westlie. Follow Annie from the Old World to the New in this fast-paced novel full of unforgettable characters.
Read An Irregular Marriage today and discover how Annie finally makes her own home.
Anna’s Secret by Margaret A. Westlie
A murder. A good and caring community. And no detectives.
Anna Gillis has been murdered. Angus MacDonald, church elder and de facto leader of the community, brings the small group of Scottish settlers together as they seek to uncover the wrongdoer. Old Annie, the last of the original settlers, knows Anna’s secret. Will it be the key to finding her killer?
Anna’s Secret is the second of the Scottish Pioneers novels by Margaret A. Westlie. Engaging and sometimes comic characters together with vivid evocations of the novel’s natural setting will draw you into the mystery. Who killed Anna, and why?
Read Anna’s Secret today and learn what only Old Annie knows.
Mattie’s Story by Margaret A. Westlie
Her mother wants her to marry a man whose name she doesn’t know. Today.
Mattie Cameron is only 15 years old and playing with the children when a man comes courting. In fear, she marries him that very day, knowing nothing of what to expect from marriage. Her changed status alters her relationships with family and friends, while childbirth strains her connection with her difficult mother. Will Mattie find love and security with a man who was once a stranger?
Mattie’s Story is the first of the Scottish Pioneers novels by Margaret A. Westlie. Vulnerable yet resolute and tough-minded, Mattie will draw you in.
Read Mattie’s Story and follow Mattie as she changes from a girl to a woman.
White Lightning and Other Stories by The Writers in Group
Traveller? Lover of fireplaces and comfortable chairs? Amateur sleuth perhaps, or natural philosopher? White Lightning and Other Stories From The Writers in Group is one book you’ll want to keep by your side. This compact, pick-up, put-down-anywhere read packs twenty-eight tales between its pages, one for every mood and season. The authors, many award-winners among them, represent a delightful range of experience, sensibility, and expression. Whether fact or fiction, these stories are bound to prove good company–or may we be struck by lightning!
Death in the Doach Woods by Bruce McCallum
What happens when ordinary people get swept up in a murder case?
Death in the Doach Woods is a murder-mystery set in south west Scotland, in the wild heart of Dumfries and Galloway. Derek and Kirstie Finlayson, a couple from Prince Edward Island, have recently retired from busy jobs in Canada. They’re spending six months in the region—reconnecting with Kirstie’s family who still live nearby.
They enjoy hiking and biking in the Scottish Forestry Commission’s extensive forests. But one afternoon in January, they make a startling discovery at the lookout, high up on a mountain in the Doach Woods. From that moment on, they find themselves caught up in a whirlwind that takes over their lives, especially for Derek, the nosy Canadian. He can’t stop thinking about the case and looking for clues that might solve it. Why would someone kill a 75 year-old man? Who could benefit from such a crime? The story climaxes when a surprise player draws attention to a possible culprit. In a strange twist, the hunters then become the hunted.
Many of the story’s colourful characters speak in the rich dialect of south west Scotland—a language made famous by the poet, Rabbie Burns, as he is known to the Scots.