A Stone on Their Cairn
Saga set in Victoria Country 1896 to 1914
By James Morrow
The Victoria Standard (Baddeck, N. S.)
October 8 – 21, 2007
(Reprinted with kind permission)
A Stone on Their Cairn is a tribute to the Gaelic Scots and their way of life in the fictional community of Loch Dubh on the North Shore of Cape Breton from 1896 to 1914.
Written by Boularderie native Kevin S. MacLeod, who, as he said, portrays the community members’ “intrinsic sense of family and community, the sanctity of their relationship to land, sea and sky, the broad range of emotions ranging from birth to death, from joy to sorrow, and everything in between, A Stone on Their Cairn is an attempt to offer a better understanding of these people as they lived life….”
A map providing a bird’s eye view of the community of Loch Dubh is supplied showing 10 family farms, the Kirk, the Hall, and the School , and helps identify the myriad of characters who are portrayed in this novel. Arrows point to Ingonish in the north and North River Bridge in the south, and the fictional community of New Carlisle lies on the Atlantic downstream from Loch Dubh. From each community emerge the characters whose lives comprise the sage that Mr. MacLeod has constructed.
Of particular note is Mr. Macleod’s liberal use of Gaelic followed by the English translation as a reminder in some communities Gaelic was the only language spoken at this time in Cape Breton Island’s history.
A Stone on Their Cairn is published by Glen Margaret Publishing in Tantallon, Nova Scotia.
Mr. MacLeod will be found signing his book at the following Victoria County locations: Gaelic College Gift Shop, St. Anns, Sunday, October 7th (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.); Blue Heron Gift Ship, Baddeck, Friday, October 12th (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.); Millville Community Centre, Millville, Saturday, October 13th (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.).