Historical Locations

May 15, 2022


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 […]
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 […]
July 15, 2021

The Foundling Hospital (Part 2)

As I stated in the previous blog, the hospital opened its doors in 1741, and mainly took in children less than a year old, the only exception being orphans of war. Parents who brought their […]
June 18, 2021

The Foundling Hospital (Part 1)

I haven’t mentioned this institution in my books, mainly because it was built a little too late to be included in Sarah’s story, and I never shoehorn events into my books just because I’ve done […]
June 10, 2019


  In Pursuit of Princes I mention the names of two people who actually did work at Newgate Prison at the time, Richard Jones and Mr Twyford. Richard Jones was the keeper of Newgate in […]
May 27, 2019


  Newgate prison features more than once in the Jacobite Chronicles, and for centuries was a big landmark of London, with a horrendous reputation and feared by many. Daniel Defoe called it ‘an emblem of […]