Patriot games – Sir Simon Fraser of Neidpath (‘Simon the Patriot’), William Wallace and Robert the Bruce Sir Simon Fraser of Neidpath, can be thought of as the founding father of the Lovat Frasers. Born in 1257 in Neidpath Castle near Peebles, he met a gruesome death in London in 1306. He had been captured […]
Clan Fraser of Lovat – the first 1000 years Introduction: Where Frasers Are What follows is an enormously long post – so I’d better explain what it’s for. There is such a huge revival in the interest in Highland history – in the clans, and in clan Fraser of Lovat in particular, as a result […]
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat – ‘Last and greatest of the old-style Scottish chiefs’ Like an old eagle, Lovat smiles enigmatically from under hooded eyes – complete with 18th century frock coat, wig, breeches, wrinkly stockings, and shoes with silver buckles. This is Lovat as the great cartoonist Hogarth saw him, in the Tower of London. Hogarth’s […]
Come to a talk on The Last Highlander at Waterstones Aberdeen (Union Bridge branch) tomorrow, 23 May and hear how, according to The Inverness Courier ‘I learned to like a rapist and traitor’.