Historical Articles

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 […]
May 15, 2021

Education in the 18th Century – Girls

Last month I wrote about education for boys. Girls, however, had a very different experience in this matter. In 1693 John Locke in his Some Thoughts on Education stated that he believed educating girls in the basics […]
April 15, 2021

Education in the 18th Century – Boys

Many fathers of boys in the eighteenth century considered it  vital to remove their sons from his mother’s exclusive influence at a relatively young age, as it was believed that otherwise he would become effeminate and […]
March 21, 2021

Childhood in the 18th Century

In the 17th century, children were considered to lack self-discipline and self-control, and it was generally believed that they needed to be severely disciplined to drive the original sin out of them. Parents stood in place […]
February 15, 2021

The Waltham Black Act of 1723

In The Ladies’ Tale I mention this Act, with Edwin’s father setting him as a child to learn the crimes it covered. This was a formidable piece of homework, as the initial Act covered over fifty criminal […]
January 15, 2021


In a time when many natural occurences that might have seemed strange and magical can be explained by science, and when most people think of witches as fantasy, comical creatures who cackle and ride around […]