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Selected Poetry of Evan MacColl (1808-1898)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Then hurrah for the land of the forests grand,
And the Lake of the Thousand Isles!
        (The Lake of a Thousand Isles, 7-8)
  1. The Lake of a Thousand Isles


Notes on Life and Works

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.

Biographical information

Given name: Evan
Family name: MacColl
Birth date: 1808
Death date: 1898