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: An Epic covering 150 Years of Transformation ‘All political lives … end in failure.’ That could sum up the Stuarts. Revolutions, rebellions, breakthroughs and breakdowns – the Stuart age has it all. Between […]
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!!
Allan Massie in the Literary Review this month says Lovat was ‘a remarkable and a considerable figure’ and ‘[Sarah Fraser’s] picture of Highland society is excellent, and the story she has to tell is gripping. Much of it reads like a good historical novel.’
Interviewed for the Scotsman yesterday. It comes out nearer publication date. After two weeks of faultless sun, the snow and gales arrived. We sit huddled against a smoking fire, grandchildren howling, dogs howling, me sloshing carrot soup around, trying to sound on top of my situation, and say something half intelligent about Lovat and the correspondences […]
Some of the incarnations of Castle Dounie/Beaufort Castle since Lovat’s day. Does anyone have any other images?
- 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