Release Date 2001-06-01
Publisher Dutton Adult
Author(s) Sharyn McCrumb (English MA ’85)
Summary The Songcatcher tells the story of pioneer settler Malcolm McCourry beginning in 1751, when nine-year-old Malcolm was kidnapped from his home on the Scottish island of Islay and to serve aboard a sailing ship. As an adolescent Malcolm turned up in Morristown, New Jersey, where he apprenticed with an attorney, later becoming a lawyer himself. He fought with the Morris Militia in the American Revolution. In the 1790s Malcolm McCourry left his wife and children, and in the company of his daughter and her husband, he made his way down the Wilderness Road to western North Carolina, where he homesteaded, married, and raised a second family.