Winnipeg--walking the ground for "Soldier of the Horse"
Robert Mackay in jail; photo by Bill Mackay
An early scene in “Soldier of the
Horse” involves the protagonist, Tom Macrae, getting thrown into the local gaol.
In reality, my father (alter ego of Macrae) never told me he actually saw the
inside of a cell, and it probably didn’t happen. Even so, I got a big kick out
of finding a salvaged jail cell in a Winnipeg museum.
Did Tom Mackay ever scratch his name onto the wall of the
steel-clad cell? Not that I could see!