The Brother Keepers, a new historical novel by John E. (Ted) MacNintch


Note well that The Brother Keepers is a work of historical fiction, and is NOT a genealogy book.


John E. (Ted) MacNintch, a descendent of the John McIninch who emigrated to Canada in 1823,

has written a fascinating new book, The Brother Keepers, which is a historical novel based on the

family story of five brothers, growing up in pre-war Nova Scotia, and the World War I experiences

of three brothers who served in Europe as volunteers in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF).

The brothers grow up with a strong pride in their Celtic heritage, in the Highland military tradition,

and the story in the book is told with the surname MacInnes [our M(ac)(c) A/I/N in (-ch)(-sh)-tch),

surnames come from the highland Clan MacInnes [MFHN article: > Surname].


The book is loosely-based on the families of the author’s great-grand-parents [Asa McNintch

(1834-1917) and Kathryn Meriah (Kelley) McNintch (1837-1916)], his grand-parents [Baptist

Rev. Abner Mesereau McNintch (1863-1942), and Janie Elizabeth (Bent) McNintch (1867-1942)],

and their four sons, Robie Edward, Guy P., Sable M. (the main character in the historical novel),

and Laurie Kelly M(ac)(c)Nintch. Three of these brothers, Robie Edward, Sable, and Laurie Kelly

(the author’s father) served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during World War I. is a new website dedicated to The Brother Keepers book,

with quite a bit of information, and some online excerpts (including some of the author’s notes).

The Brother Keepers, by John E. (Ted) MacNintch; hardcover, 779 pages, historical war fiction

(Canada, WWI); published 2007, Aquadoc Publication LLC, Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475;

(new 2007) ISBN-13: 978-0-9787505-0-3 (13-digit barcode); (old ISBN-10: 0-9787505-0-0).


Synopsis of The Brother Keepers, by the author, John E. (Ted) MacNintch


This work of literary historical fiction, based on the World War I experiences of five MacInnes

brothers, has its roots in idyllic pre-war Nova Scotia and sweeps the reader into the vortex of the

horrendous battles of human attrition in Belgium and France. The story culminates in fratricide

and its lingering aftermath. It will entertain you, move you emotionally and provide you with an

insightful history of World War I and the Highland military tradition as seen through the adventures

and experiences of these MacInnes brother keepers.


What begins as a glorious crusade against the invading Huns devolves into a colossal struggle,

not only for survival, but also for the souls of these three volunteers in the Canadian Expeditionary

Force (CEF). Brought up in the parsonage of a Baptist minister fondly referred to as “The Old Gent,”

sons Sable, Ian, and Fraser are taught to be “brother keepers.” They bond fiercely through a

multitude of reckless endeavors and escapades of tomfoolery and danger on both water and land,

not without humor, while growing up in rural Nova Scotia along with brothers Dugald and Murdoch.


Intertwined in this free-wheeling lifestyle is their grandfather Asa, who makes it his duty to instill

in the boys a pride in their Celtic heritage. Sable, the ringleader of the brotherhood, becomes a crack

shot early on, earning his rite of passage when he kills a buck and faces down a bear.



McAninch Family History NL v.XV n.3 / July 2007 / Frank McAninch, Editor / page 2007-19


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