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Meggy MacIntosh: A Highland Girl in the Carolina Colony

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Meggy MacIntosh had a gentle manner and an adventurous spirit inherited from her father who had fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie. But there was no adventure in Edinburgh where Meggy was the neglected ward of her titled uncle, so she ran away to North Carolina to find her heroine, the celebrated Flora MacDonald. Meggy reached the Carolinas in March 1775 where she finally me ...more
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published October 28th 1944 by Viking Press (first published 1930)
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Diane Lynn
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EDINBURGH, January 5, 1775. It is Melancholy,” wrote Meggy MacIntosh, “to be fifteen and poor and homely in close proximity to a cousin who is eighteen and rich and beautiful.”

Meggy has been living with the Keiths, Sir Douglas and Lady Keith and their daughter Veronica, in Edinburgh since the death of her father.

Her father, “Black Allan” MacIntosh, had given the best of his life and fortune to the cause of Prince Charlie, back in ’46. Ill health, political disgrace, and poverty ha
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Aug 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-honors
Not quite sure exactly what the author was trying to get at. The book is about a Scottish girl, Meggy, who lost almost all she had from some minor noble line. She ended up living with some rich relatives and then sneaking away into North Carolina.

When Meggy gets to NC, the American Revolution is just about to start. Much of the book is her running in search of some Scottish hero lady who came to America years earlier. Most of the characters are Scottish as well. But as she is running around back
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was really a highland girl in a colony with strong Scottish ties. There wasn't much about colony life. More about Meggy and her adventures getting from her home in Scotland on a sea trip then trying to find a Scottish women in the back country. At the end Meggy after being torn between the old country and her new home decides she's a patriot.
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Meggy is a Scottish teen who travels to the colonies under false pretenses. Once in the Carolinas, she travels to meet her hero (leader of Scottish rebellion) before finding her old voice. Meggy is a likable character and there is a fair amount of action.
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Meggy is a young orphan living with her aunt, uncle and cousin in Edinburgh, feeling unwanted, lonely and restless, until a random opportunity to jump a ship to North Carolina gives her the chance at a new life, even if it is amidst colonies on the brink of war with England.
A nice little read, with a strong female lead who had me rooting for her from the start.
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Elizabeth Gray Vining began her distinguished writing career with children's books because she said "they enjoy their books so much, read and re-read them—which is satisfying to a hard-working author." Later she began to write for adults as well, and they, too, read and re-read her books. among the most popular of these books are Windows for the Crown Prince, The Virginia Exiles, Friend of Life, T ...more
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