I don’t know what I would do without N. A. M. Roger and his books like, The Safeguard of the Seas and The Command of the Seas. They are so thoroughly researched with details of […]
I’ve been editing a novel I wrote some time ago about a Highland drover sorting out the point of view for each scene and chapter. I’d thought it wasn’t to important compared with the story […]
It’s all very well going on about the Stuarts, but I’m also rewriting the story of the Highland drover and his rescue of his sweetheart from the clutches of her neighbour. That tale preceded Bubbles […]
I watched Neil Oliver’s story of the clan warfare last night. To be honest it’s about the clans but, as the historians usually do, it is slanted towards the romantic side of the Stuart struggle […]
I was amused to find that in the years before Elizabeth 1 the Scots had a ‘powerful’ navy. Not so much the Scots, but the people of the West Coast and the Islands, people who […]
I’ve just been reading Sir Walter Scott’s account of the campaign of Graham of Montrose at the beginning of the Civil War. It’s accurate and readable but, like so many military and naval war accounts […]
A story of revenge in the Western Isles of Scotland in the time of James Sixth and First.
It’s two hundred years since the last armed insurrection on mainland Britain, the setting for Bubbles in the Cauldron, which is just released by Amazon under the name of Graham Dalton. The uprising was the […]
James’s attitude to his old Scottish subjects.
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 […]