Join the North Lanark Historical Society on Sunday, June 10th at 2:00pm for a presentation and book signing by Kanata author Jane Simpson at the Society’s Annual General Meeting.

Simpson’s “Soldier, Settler, Sinner: The Remarkable Journey of Charles MacDonald” reveals the complex life of one of her ancestors, Captain Charles MacDonald, an officer and gentleman in the Royal Marines during the Napoleonic Wars. Admission is by donation and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

“Soldier, Settler, Sinner” features dozens of photographs encompassing MacDonald’s life in England, the West Indies and finally, the quiet shores of the Bay of Quinte. He cheated death in island battles in the Caribbean, outbreaks of tropical disease, mutiny, hazardous sea voyages, and a cholera outbreak in Quebec City upon arrival in the New World. Lucky to escape death as a young man, he survived and sired 17 children throughout his adventures – not all with the same woman!

Simpson is a lifetime member of the Hastings County Historical Society, a member of the Marilyn Adam Genealogy Research Centre and a member of the Capital Crime Writers in Ottawa. She is the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles MacDonald.

At the North Lanark Historical Society, we welcome new and renewed memberships. We have an active schedule organizing guest speakers and family-friendly events, preparing history publications, and collecting stories and objects from the past and bringing them to life at the North Lanark Regional Museum. We also keep our members informed of our activities through a quarterly newsletter. We have one of the lowest membership fees around, just $15 for an individual and $25 per family! If you’re a Historical Society member, make sure to renew your membership in time for the AGM to make your vote count!

For more information, please contact the North Lanark Regional Museum at 613-257-8503 or