‘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 […]
1603-1745: Rebellions, Revolutions, Breakthroughs & Breakdowns – the glamour and horror of the game of kings The British Royal House of Stuart: 150 Years of Transformation ‘All political lives … end in failure.’ That has to sum up the Stuarts. Revolutions, rebellions, breakthroughs and breakdowns – the British Stuart age has it all. Between James […]
The End of the Tudors – Birth of the Stuart Era March, 1603 … End of an Era All good things come to an end. The great Elizabeth I lay dying at Richmond Palace. Rumours trickled out beyond the palace walls. The queen’s devoted, but psychologically and financially exhausted people waited, with growing anxiety. One […]
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’.
The late Lady Lovat as a girl of perhaps 16, naturally modest, averts her eyes from a curious group of naked Papua New Guinea men. Cannibalism was still practised. He’s hard to pick out, but I like the man in the background, arms folded – watching lunch come ashore?
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/books/bookworm-if-you-want-to-write-books-why-not-marry-a-fraser-1-2233439 TO COIN A FRASER Also out next month is Sarah Fraser’s The Last Highlander (Harper Press, £20), her compelling biography of Lovat of the ‘45, the last Scottish nobleman to be executed for treason. Despite her surname, Fraser is actually an Essex girl – albeit a particularly classy one. She has married not just […]
Waterstones have made The Last Highlander their Scottish Book of the Month!!!! Yeehaa!!
- Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales – ‘The Best King we Never Had? The BBC want the Answer …
- Patriot games – Sir Simon Fraser, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce
- Clan Fraser of Lovat – 1,000 years of history
- 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