Rob MacNab

A Story of Old Pictou

by Frank Baird

introduction by Laurie Stanley-Blackwell

Be transported back to Old Pictou, Nova Scotia with this tale of witchery, muscular Christianity, press gangs, and Culloden-haunted memory in an historical novel in the tradition of Sir Walter Scott

Named after the ship that brought nearly 200 Highland Scots to the wilderness of Pictou and West River, Nova Scotia, in 1773, "Hector" Davie narrates this tale of witchery, muscular Christianity, press gangs, and Culloden-haunted memory in an historical novel in the tradition of Sir Walter Scott. The setting is Pictou County, Nova Scotia. The story revolves around Rob Macnab -- a young man of mysterious background whose future begins to be resolved as the Gaelic-speaking Scots of Pictou literally "fight" an election against the "wily Halifax men" surrounding the all-powerful governor and bishop of the colony.

Originally published in 1923, with drawings by famed illustrator C.W. Jeffreys, Rob Macnab is an action-packed story which brings late-18th-century Nova Scotia to life.

About the Authors

Born in Chipman, New Brunswick, FRANK BAIRD graduated from the University of New Brunswick and New College, Edinburgh. He worked as a Presbyterian minister serving several parishes including Pictou. He was appointed Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada in 1930. In addition to writing historical novels, he published short stories in Canadian and American magazines.

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