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Reply-To:CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
Date:Tue, 22 Feb 2005 04:13:43 CANADA/EASTERN

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Hello Celtic-L list,

Please find below some information on my new 
book, "1851 Exiles", just published.

Tapadh Leibh
Angus Macleod 

1851 Exiles by Angus Macleod

Since the release of my CD, "The Silent Ones, A 
Legacy of the Highland Clearances", I have been 
asked frequently  to write a book on the Isle of 
Lewis Settlement of Huron Township. I am pleased 
to announce that a limited print run of such a 
book is now available.

Entitled "1851 Exiles", the paperback tells the 
story of Huron Township, Ontario's Lewis Settlers.

Victims of Scotland's infamous Highland
Clearances, the settlers were evicted from their 
crofts on the Hebridean island of Lewis in 1851 
by landlord James Matheson and then transported 
overseas where they put down roots together in a 
block of farms in the centre of Huron Township, 
Bruce County. The group was successful in 
maintaining their Gaelic language and culture 
well into the 20th century.

"1851 Exiles" includes a number of stories and 
anecdotes from the settlement never before 
published plus a complete history of the Isle of 
Lewis from pre-history to the Matheson 
Clearances. In addition, there is information on 
the Lewis Community in the Eastern Townships of 
Quebec and 39 breathtaking original colour photos 
by Leodhas Macleod taken in the three main 
locations of the story  the Isle of Lewis, 
Eastern Townships of Quebec and Huron Township, 
Ontario. "1851 Exiles" also contains Lewis 
Settler genealogical information and some 
wonderful rare old photos recently restored 
especially for the project.

A large portion of the book deals with the day to 
day lives of Huron Township's Lewis folk and was 
drawn from a variety of sources including 
personal correspondence, interviews, and family 
histories made available to me by descendants.
The book also contains some interesting new 
information on Matheson Clearances obtained from 
recent interviews with sources on the Isle of 

"1851 Exiles" is an excellent companion piece to 
my CD, "The Silent Ones, A Legacy of the Highland 

Chapter Titles are as follows:

The Schoolmaster
Eilean Leodhas
Farewell to the Stones
The Woods of Huron
Pride, Poverty and the Presbyterian Church 
A Faded Memorial 
Scattered Seeds

"1851 Exiles" is available from my website 
located at or by sending a 
cheque or money order to

Torquil Productions
P.O. Box 303
Kincardine, Ontario
N2Z 2Y8

Email: [log in to unmask]
Toll free telephone: 1-877-489-4693

"1851 Exiles" is $29.99 including taxes, shipping 
and handling.

All the best,

Angus Macleod

Excerpt from Angus Macleod's "1851 Exiles"

Here lies my dear wife and child
They to me, were dear and lovely
Their time with me was short but sweet
But now they are gone and I am lonely.

So reads one of the stones in the Huron
Presbyterian Church Cemetery or "Old Lewis 
Cemetery" as it is sometimes called - the 
inscription - a sad and lonely tribute from a 
husband to his dearly departed wife and child.
The husband's obvious grief at the untimely death 
of his young family is reflected in the simple 
but poignant verse engraved on the tombstone. The 
words are faded now, weathered by age and the 
harsh Southwestern Ontario environment.

The other stones in the cemetery are in a similar 
condition or worse. Wild flowers and tall grass 
cloak the entire area leaving the site almost 
invisible to the human eye. An old gate, once 
polished and ornate, rests precariously against a 
solitary tombstone situated at one end of the 
graveyard, at its feet remnants and pieces of 
tombstones litter the area. Picking up a remnant, 
one can only identify the prefix Mac etched 
thinly into its surface. The old Lewis cemetery, 
now long abandoned, has a truly desolate and 
empty feeling to it. When within its confines, 
one has the feeling of being total isolated from 
the rest of the world. Looking at the gravestone 
erected for the prematurely diseased wife and 
child, it is easy to wonder when the husband's 
heartrending inscription was last read and if, in 
fact, it will ever be viewed again.


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