Then hurrah for the land of the forests grand,
And the Lake of the Thousand Isles!
(The Lake of a Thousand Isles, 7-8)
Born in Kenmare, Scotland, Evan MacColl arrived in Canada already a published poet of Gaelic in 1850. His early books of verse were Mountain Minstrel (1836) and Clarsach Nam Beann (1838). He worked in the Liverpool Custom House and then, owing to health problems, emigrated to Kingston, Ontario (where he is buried). There he worked for the Provincial Customs of Upper Canada but did not gain further advancement owing to politics. At his retirement in 1880 he moved to Toronto. Two editions of his collected works were published in 1883 and 1888 with a brief biography. MacColl was twice married and had nine children.
Given name: Evan
Family name: MacColl
Birth date: 1808
Death date: 1898