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Archibald Percival "Archie" McKishnie
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Birth: Jun. 20, 1876
Ontario, Canada
Death: Jul. 11, 1946
Ontario, Canada

Archibald (Archie) Percival MCKISHNIE was born and raised on a farm near New Scotland, Kent County, Ontario, Canada about three kilometres from Rondeau Provincial Park.

McKishnie was well educated for a rural lad in the late nineteenth century and became fascinated with nature and with writing stories and poetry.

He primarily wrote novels about nature and the outdoors and published a series of books from about 1907 to 1924. His most celebrated stories included: Gaff Linkum, A Son of Courage, Openway and Love of the Wild.

Local colour is predominant in McKishnie's writing. The setting for many of his novels was the marsh and forest areas surrounding Rondeau Bay. His fictitious conceits were thinly disguised references to real life particularly geography, often changing a letter in a name: "Bridgetown" represented the actual Kent County town Ridgetown, for example. There are many references in some of his books to Rondeau.

The protagonists of his novels -- usually with overly crowded plots -- were often young with an affinity for nature, animals and wild places. Their struggles often pitted them against encroaching 'civilization' that threatened their retreats and values.

His sister was Jean Blewett, a Canadian nature poet. [see separate memorial]

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Jennie Murdock McKishnie (1875 - 1925)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Craford Cemetery
Raleigh
Chatham-Kent Municipality
Ontario, Canada
 
Created by: Daryl Smith
Record added: Dec 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45845454
Archibald Percival Archie McKishnie
Added by: Daryl Smith
 
 
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An little remarked but noteworthy author who loved the wild creatures and wild places of southwestern Ontario.
- Daryl Smith
 Added: Jan. 4, 2010
 
 
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