An unpretentious memoir of a Scots clan and community on Cape Breton Island in which a descendant writes of his family and their history along with the life and characters of Washabuckt as he knew it when he was a boy. He recalls the legends and exploits of the Clan MacNeil, he gives a sharp picture of the isolated, innocent and simple life of those who made up the small settlement, he records the impact of ideas and ways from the outside. This is no dour Scots picture, but one that emphasizes their hospitality, charity, ability to deal with hardships; this is, too, a portrait of Grandfather in all his impressiveness and dignity. Of localized interest to those who know the district, these notes from Nova Scotia have particular appeal to those of Scottish descent. Sentiment without sentimentality, humor, good regional portraiture.