Blogs

May 15, 2022

Holyroodhouse

In my previous blogs about Edinburgh I’ve mentioned Holyroodhouse in passing, but it’s well worth a blog of its own, so here goes! The Palace of Holyroodhouse is situated at the bottom of the Royal […]
April 15, 2022

Edinburgh Castle

Anyone who has ever visited Edinburgh will have seen Edinburgh Castle. It’s impossible to avoid, standing majestically as it does above the city, perched on Castle Rock. It’s glorious, and has also played a part […]
March 15, 2022

A history of Edinburgh – eighteenth century to present day

In last month’s blog I looked at the history of Edinburgh from early times, until the early 18th century, when I have Alexander MacGregor showing his two young sons the wonders of the city. Alex […]
February 15, 2022

History of Edinburgh – early times to the 1700s

The city of Edinburgh features in The Highlander’s Tale: Alex, and I hopefully managed to give readers a flavour of eighteenth-century Edinburgh, but I thought it was time to write a blog about the history […]
January 15, 2022

Clan Gregor – The Jacobite Connection

For reasons I talked about in my last blog, although all Highlanders were considered to be formidable warriors, Clan Gregor was particularly renowned both for its ferocity and eagerness to fight. As a result of […]
December 25, 2021

Clan Gregor – The Proscription

In my last blog I covered the early days of the clan, and the reasons why they became legally landless, in that they had no lands granted to them by the Crown. This meant that […]
November 15, 2021

Clan Gregor – The Early Years

After writing about the MacGregors for several years, I’ve finally decided to do a series of blogs about the history of this fascinating clan. The earliest years of many of the clans are a mixture […]
September 19, 2021

Rob Roy MacGregor

Although many of the characters in the Jacobite Chronicles are MacGregors, I’ve resisted including one of the most famous members of the clan in my books. He is, however, mentioned briefly in The Highlander’s Tale: Alex, which […]
August 15, 2021

The Garrison of Inversnaid

Although I’ve written about the Garrison of Inversnaid, both in Pursuit of Princes and Tides of Fortune, I had never actually been there, getting all my information from my book and internet research. Last week I decided to remedy […]