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Hector Maclean A new book from Jo Currie

HECTOR Maclean 1751-1812 was a West Highlander who looked to the army for a career beyond the bounds of Scotland, as so many did. He fought in the American War of Independence, where his commanding officer was Murdoch Maclaine (later 19th¬ of Lochbuie). After Hector left the army on half-pay, he became one of the many emigrants and he took advantage of the army land grants to settle in Nova Scotia. This work is a collaborative edition of his diary and letters between Jo Currie and two Canadian academics, Keith Mercer and John Reid. The editors present Hector Maclean’s words very much as he wrote them with abbreviations, contracted spellings, nicknames and initials of friends. These last are identified in copious footnotes wherever possible. The feeling of being transported back into another age is also enhanced by the sympathetic way the book has been produced: the texture of the paper is suggestive of the originals and the diary section is a page for page transcription of short lines, just as Hector Maclean wrote them. It is a very attractive publication.

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