Iain of New Scotland


Author Margaret MacKay of Pictou County, Nova Scotia, draws on the experiences of her ancestors to weave a tale of the first Gaels to settle in Nova Scotia. With a foreword by Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series.

Thirteen-year-old Iain Robertson is homesick for the Highlands of Scotland. It’s September 1773, and he has just arrived in Nova Scotia with his parents and little sister after the long, disastrous, Atlantic voyage of the ship Hector. They wanted a new life in New Scotland—but the land agent lied to them. With no money, no food, no shelter, and winter fast approaching, how will they survive? This novel is suitable for Grades 4+ and readers of all ages who love YA and historical fiction.

“This is a wonderfully vivid story, rich with characters from the Gaelic settlers to the local indigenous people, the Mi’kmaq. The tale is constructed from a network of fascinating details that lead you from page to page as you begin to explore the terrifying countryside of huge trees and dangerous animals with Iain and his family, finding out exactly what life was like on the coast of Nova Scotia in 1773 for a family carving a living out of the wilderness… A wonderful, absorbing adventure, from smoked clams to piping on the beach of a promised land!”  —Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series


  • Paperback
  • 5.25 x 8 inches
  • 198 pages
  • 4 black and white illustrations, 3 maps
  • Printed in Canada
  • Published September 2021
  • ISBN 978-1-988747-79-8

Additional information

Weight .268 kg