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What Are Princes For?

What Are Princes For?

  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...

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Imagine The 45 Succeeded

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...

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Outlander Facts and Fiction

Outlander Facts and Fiction

  This is the link to an article I wrote for the Daily Record, on the liks between Outlander and the real stories of the clans - particularly clan Fraser. www.dailyrecord.co.uk/scotland-now/outlander-racy-truth-highland-life-10756192   The historical figure,...

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History Revealed Book of the Month

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

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,...

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First British Stuarts

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

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

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

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...

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