‘The King is as One set upon a Stage’ In the 1600s, Princes ruled as well as reigned. Public service was the meaning of their lives and purpose. You undertook royal duties every day of your life … It was the price of your enormous privilege. It was your God-given duty to be a […]
Imagine the ’45 succeeded What might a Jacobite victory have meant for the cause of Scottish Nationalism? Millions have watched the first episodes of Outlander Season 3. They dramatise vividly the failure of the ’45 and the consequences of defeat on Culloden Moor for the combatants and anyone unlucky enough to be see to be […]
This is the link to an article I did for the Daily Record, on the links between Outlander and the real stories of the clans – particularly clan Fraser. www.dailyrecord.co.uk/scotland-now/outlander-racy-truth-highland-life-10756192 Jamie Fraser with the Clan Fraser of Lovat motto – Je Suis Prest – ‘I Am Ready’ The historical figure, Lord Lovat, the ‘Fox’, grandfather of the fictional Jamie […]
History Revealed: Henry Stuart isn’t a figure many of us are familiar with. What are his headline achievements? Sarah Fraser: Prince Henry is the first prince born to inherit all the countries of Britain. When his godmother, Elizabeth I dies in 1603, Henry is the kingdoms united. His father, King James VI and I secures the […]
How much more lovely can a place be…. This was the view from my office window yesterday morning. How many shades of green there are in the world… We went last night to Waterstone’s Inverness to launch my latest book. Afterwards, we all shipped off to the Black Isle Bar – all the the organic beer, […]
The Prince Who Would be King – Who is Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales? I went looking for a missing prince, perhaps the greatest king we never had. He’s Henry Frederick Stuart, Prince of Wales… Henry, eldest son of James VI and I died in 1612 aged only 18. His huge funeral is the first recorded state […]
Click link for Talk for the National Trust at Culloden battlefield, on the awful consequences for those the shadow of Culloden fell over in the months after it.
‘Pursue and Hunt these Vermin amongst their lurking Hills’ – the Duke of Cumberland In the months after Culloden, the ordinary Highlanders – soldiers and non-combatants alike – were not yet seen as an asset by the occupying forces. Unlike their land and animals. ‘We are all accounted rebels now’ lamented one Invernessian, who had […]
‘Destroy all the Rebels you find there’ – Cumberland What strikes me when I hear and read about the aftermath of Culloden, is how recognisable it sometimes feels. I want to post some of the things I talked about at The National Trust Culloden Battlefield Centre last weekend, on the anniversary of the Battle. This […]
Death of a Highland Chief 9th April 1747. His execution was a public holiday. Tens of thousands crowded onto Tower Hill for the entertainment. The prisoner in the Tower of London raged at his barber. In a few hours he would lose his head. Yet, the barber had offered up the noble, condemned head’s wig, […]
- What are Princes for – Prince Henry in 1600 & Princes today?
- Imagine the ’45 succeeded… that’s what we’ll do at Wigtown book Festival Saturday 23 Sept, 2017
- Outlander/The Last Highlander – the Facts are as amazing as Fictions
- Full version of Q&A at History Revealed on their Book of the Month – The Prince Who Would be King
- Spring in the Highlands – breathtaking, beautiful days in Inverness