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History Revealed Book of the Month

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...

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Spring in the Highlands

  Above 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, wine...

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First British Stuarts

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...

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Talk at Culloden

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. [et_social_follow icon_style="simple" icon_shape="rectangle" icons_location="left" col_number="4"...

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The Shadow of Culloden Part 2

"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...

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Shadow of Culloden Part 1

  "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...

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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...

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The Old Fox

  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...

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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 VI of Scotland’s ascent to...

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