The last king of only Scotland

The first place I looked in studying the Stuart kings of Britain was in Sir Walter Scott's "Tales of a Grandfather". It was written for his twelve-year-old grandson and not only makes easy reading but is written by a master story teller. Here is a sample:- "James's (VI and 1st) reign of Scotland...
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More Refugees

While I continue to research the ships of the '45 and the theme of seafaring I am on the verge of publishing Bubbles in the Cauldron, the historical novel based on the last armed insurrection on mainland Britain, which took place in the Scotland. The novel concerns a deaf lad running from men with guns...
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Eilean Donan

I've learned from editing Bubbles in the Cauldron, the historical novel set in the Scottish uprising of 1820, that trying to follow the historical detail makes doing the story difficult unless the protagonists are well known historical figures pulling the strings. That means the Navy stories set in the Stuart period must be suggested by...
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A Royal Stuart story line from Glasgow

People ask where I find stories and the answer is they find me. I’ve talked already about my interest in the Stuarts and in order to justify something in Bubbles in the Cauldron, I turned to them and found Bonnie Prince Charlie’s grandson was buried in Dunkeld. I did some idle browsing about him and...
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Back to the future

I should really be doing more about 1820 but I'm going to take a breather and think about the next project. I enjoy the village stories in Oakhaven and Cairndhu but need to do a rewrite to get them to flow more easily. I want to do them in short story form so that people...
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Short list story ideas

While I mustn’t forget Cairndhu and Oakhaven, as far as historical novels are concerned, I have been through the periods of interest and must start a short list. There are:- 1) The Leprechaun - the story set in ancient times about the family from the Middle East travelling to Britain and on to Ireland where the Leprechaun...
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