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Evan MacColl


1808 - 1898

Poet and song-writer. MacColl was born at Kenmore on Loch Fyne (Argyll and Bute). He became a clerk in the Customs House at Liverpool in 1837 and emigrated for Canada in 1850, where he took up a similar post in Kingston (Ontario). His works are mostly in Gaelic; he had been a contributor to the Gaelic Magazine while in Britain. He published The Mountain Minstrel in English (1836) and Clarsach nan Beann or Poems and Songs in Gaelic (Glasgow, 1837). MacColl was for a long-time bard of the St Andrew's Society of Kingston.

He was buried in Kingston but is remembered by a monument at Kenmore.


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