In September of 1852, 109 families from the Isle of Lewis gathered at the lake port town of Goderich, deep in the Canadian wilderness on the shores of Lake Huron. Nearly a year earlier on August 4, 1851 the group had arrived in Canada, joining friends and relations in the Eastern Townships of Quebec before making their way on to Ontario.
The group departed Goderich in tiny boats traveling up Lake Huron’s densely forested shoreline, disembarking at Pine River and making the trek inland to where the village of Ripley now stands. Many descendants of the area’s original Lewis Settlers still reside in and around the village of Ripley, some on land first cleared and settled by their ancestors.
In February of 1998, I realized a lifelong dream setting up my recording studio and Production Company on land first settled by my great grandfather and namesake, Angus Macleod. My CD, The Silent Ones, A Legacy of the Highland Clearances was written, recorded and produced, there, on the very homestead of my great grandfather.