I suppose the "France" was where he died. Thank you for getting this posted. I don't know what he is wearing over his kilt. So many Scottish boys died in that horrible war. There stories do need to be told.
Being all together and enjoying each others company along with the food was a tribute to the women who prepared it. It was a way of spending time and connecting to our family and friends who were invited over. My dad in the 1960's insisted on eating his meal on a tray while he watched the news. My mom fussed about it for a while, but that was the way it was from then on except for special days. I wonder if that was the scenario in many other homes.
There are so many MacDonalds from Nova Scotia that I haven't even bothered. I've tried to search some online for my McGregor cousins but no one else seems to be searching for that same line. I'm looking for an Isabella MacDonald who married Alex MacGregor in West Branch in 1843. Have you come across any trace of this Isabella MacDonald and her family? Thank you for this wonderful story.
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