Talking about the Stuarts

What I want to do next is to finish the Fergus Findlay, Drover trilogy, then follow Miss Kirkwood through to her retirement and becoming the Cairndhu matriarch. It takes Peggy through the lean thirties and […]

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Apathetic

I read recently that winning the battle at Prestonpans gave the Jacobites military control of Scotland. In other words, 5000 Highlanders could dictate to the whole of Scotland on pain of being slaughtered and their […]

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Thistledown

I’m closing in on the Jacobites but had to stop to finish the rewrite and publishing of Thistledown, a novel set in the Highlands of Scotland in the years just after Waterloo. I was first […]

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The Lowlanders outlook at Culloden

I want to write about the Stuarts from their victim’s point of view and Culloden is a good place to start. A great deal has been written on Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Highlanders, all […]

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Culloden Glory

Why Bonnie Prince Charlie had to fight Culloden.

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Historical short stories

Why not a historical short story?

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Yachts

I need to get down off my hobby horse of British and make a note about sailing. It is often quoted that Charles II was the father of British Yachting but his yachts had many […]

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Wolf packs of 1700

One interesting facet of the navy of the Stuart era is the introduction of convoys with escorts, much like the U-Boats in WW2. Obviously there were no U-Bots but there were privateers and ships with […]

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A navy bankrupt

The overriding impression one gets from proper research of the navy of the Stuart period is that it was bankrupt, even during the Republic. There were ships kept at sea to avoid having to pay […]

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The Scottish fishermen and Ivan the Terrible

I had just settled back to the Stuarts when my local Writers’ Group decided the months task would be a letter that changed the World. Naturally I looked over Bonnie Prince Charlie and his antecedents […]

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