John Galt was an early 19th century Scottish novelist. In 1824 he moved to Canada to become the secretary for the Canada Company. He later returned to England where he spent a few months in prison for failure to pay his debts. This early regional and social novel was written in 1813. Galt wanted "to write a book that would be for Scotland what The Vicar of Wakefield is for England." The narrator in this novel is the Rev. Micah Balwhidder. Galt gives the reader a humorous and truthful picture of traditional Scottish society from that era.