Here is the simple tale of a simple man to whom simple circumstances - and his neighbours - proclaimed that he required a wife to look after his children, his cows and his goat.
Since most of the women on his native island were near relatives to himself, it seemed that he would have to go to look for her on the Scottish mainland, resort of women innumerable.
A simple quest indeed. What Ewan McEwan, of the Inner Hebridean Isle of Eorsa, made of it in the end was far from simple.
In 1958 Nigel's book was made into a film by British Lion.
Nigel.May, Frances May and Philip can be, briefly, seen walking out of the church. A hitchcock touch !!!
Ray says in her biography of Nigel '(He) managed to insist that Scotland got maximum mileage out of it ..... It was a charity premier with a prestigious guest-list of sponsors and celebrities. Nigel and May of course attented but, mysteriously, found they had to pay for their own tickets !!!!'
The Bridal Path Cast List
Alex Mackenzie - Finlay
Eric Woodburn - Archie
Jack Lambert - Hector
John Rae - Angus
Roddy McMillan - Murdo
Bernadette O'Farrell - Siona
Patricia Bredin - Margaret
Dilys Laye - Isobel
Joan Benham - Barmaid
Annette Crosbie - Good-Looking Waitress
George Cole - Sgt. Bruce
Gordon Jackson - Constable, Alec
Robert James - Inspector
Terry Scott - Constable, Donald
Duncan MacRae - Sergeant
Jameson Clark - Constable
Vincent Winter - Neal
Elizabeth Campbell - Kirsty
Jefferson Clifford - Wallace
Nell Ballantyne - Jessie