In 1786, the Reverend James MacGregor (1759-1830) was dispatched across the North Atlantic to establish a dissenting Presbyterian church in Pictou, Nova Scotia. The decision dismayed MacGregor, who had hoped for a post in the Scottish Highlands. Yet it led to a remarkable career in what was still the backwoods of colonial North America. Industrious and erudite, MacGregor established the progressive Pictou Academy, opposed slavery, and promoted scientific education, agriculture, and industry. Poet and translator, fluent in nine languages, he encouraged the preservation of the Gaelic language and promoted Scottish culture in Nova Scotia. Highland Shepherd finally bestows on MacGregor the recognition that he so richly deserves. Alan Wilson brings MacGregor and his surroundings to life, detailing his numerous achievements and establishing his importance to the social, religious, and intellectual history of the Maritimes.
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 22 mm
`Dr. Wilson is to be congratulated on a readable, informative, and fascinating treatment of a great and neglected Canadian original, giving James MacGregor his rightful place in the galaxy of Canadian pioneers.' -- Donald MacLeod * Haddington House Journal vol 19:2017 *
`Wilson has done a fine job of demonstrating MacGregor's importance as a pioneer and organizer of Presbyterianism in Nova Scotia... The book excels at sketching the hard life of a frontier preacher.' -- Andrew R. Holmes * Canadian Historical Review vol 98:03:2017 *