Historical People Biographies

August 17, 2020

Strong Women Of The Past: Duchess of Gordon

Any of you who have read The Eccentric’s Tale: Harriet, could be forgiven for thinking that I’ve modelled many aspects of Harriet’s personality on Jane Maxwell. In fact I didn’t learn about Jane until long after Harriet was firmly in place in The Jacobite Chronicles,  and her back story was already half-written.
July 15, 2020

Strong Women Of The Past: Anne McKay

Last month I wrote about Anne Mackintosh, and in the course of the blog mentioned the escape of a Jacobite prisoner Robert Nairn. The woman who played a big part in his escape was neither […]
June 15, 2020

Strong Women Of The Past: Colonel Anne Mackintosh

In Book Four of The Jacobite Chronicles I recount the story of the event which came to be known as The Rout of Moy. I won’t go into the details of it here, as I […]
May 15, 2020

Strong Women of the Past: Jenny Cameron of Glendessary

Not a lot is known about this woman, but present day readers might be able to relate to her to some extent, precisely because of the very fact that not a lot is known about […]
April 20, 2020

Strong Women Of The Past: Mary Read

Last month I wrote about pirate Anne Bonny, who was mentioned in my book Tides of Fortune. This month’s subject was also mentioned, was also a pirate, and shared part of her life with Anne. […]
March 20, 2020

Strong Women Of The Past: Anne Bonny

In Book Six of The Jacobite Chronicles, Tides of Fortune, Anne Bonny is mentioned briefly, so I thought some of my readers might be interested to know a little more about this woman who was […]
February 15, 2020

Strong Women Of The Past: Catalina de Erauso

Having just published The Eccentric’s Tale: Harriet, I’m aware that some of my readers, although they may enjoy reading the book, might find it difficult to believe that such a character as Harriet could really […]
May 13, 2019

John Holker – The Manchester Regiment

  In 2004 when I started researching for my Jacobite Chronicles series (although I had no idea it would actually be a series then, and was just aiming to write one novel), I spent a […]
April 1, 2019

Lord George Murray – role in the ’45 and later years.

In my last post I dealt with the first part of the ’45 and Lord George Murray’s part in it, along with the split in the leadership caused by the incompatible personalities of Lord George […]