Morrison was the son of Scottish immigrants that came from Lewis in the outlying Hebrides and settled down in Red Mountain, in the county of Lingwick, in Quebec. At the age od 20, Morrison left for western Canada and the United States, where he learned the trade of a cowboy. The money that he earned helps his father, Murdo, to pay for the family farm.

Morrison was the son of Scottish immigrants that came from Lewis in the outlying Hebrides and settled down in Red Mountain, in the county of Lingwick, in Quebec. At the age od 20, Morrison left for western Canada and the United States, where he learned the trade of a cowboy. The money that he earned helps his father, Murdo, to pay for the family farm.

However, Morrison's father had mortgaged the property with a military officer, Malcolm MacAulay, who took advantage of Murdo's illiteracy and threw him out. Upon his return, Morrison hired the services of a lawyer and tried to recover the farm, but it was sold and the Morrisons were evicted. Morrison harassed the new owners and when the barn burned down, he was blamed and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

To proceed with Morrison's arrest, an American special constable, Warren boasts that he will outshoot Morrison but during the duel, he is fatally shot.named Jack Warren, is called upon, a man with questionable morals and a whisky smuggler.


Morrison is pursued in the forests of Lake Megantic from June 1888 to April 1889. He remains untraceable during ten months. He mostly hides in the homes of sympathizers in the community of Scotstown , Stornoway , Milan and many more . At certain times, the detectives that came specially from Montreal and Quebec City have Morrison right under their noses, but the man keeps such self-control that no one ever suspects his presence among them.

Finally, a truce is agreed upon, but Morrison is ambushed in Marsden (Milan) and arrested. He is tried in Sherbrooke, where he is condemned to 18 years of hard labour for manslaughter, even if he acted in self-defense during the duel. Deprived of his freedom, he loses his appetite and contracts tuberculosis. Following a petition, the Attorney-General allows his release in June 1894 and Morrison dies four hours later. He is buried at the Gisla cemetery, near Milan in Quebec.