18th Century

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 […]
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 29, 2019

Manchester and the Jacobites – 1745

  In early November 1745 the Manchester militia was raised, with the intention of it protecting the town from the Jacobite army led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart, which was by now in England and […]
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 […]
March 18, 2019

Lord George Murray – role in the ’45 (part one)

  In July 1745 Prince Charles landed in Scotland, raised his standard at Glenfinnan in August, and headed south with his growing army. Lord George Murray, along with a lot of other men, joined the […]
March 3, 2019

Lord George Murray – his early years.

  Last year when visiting Scotland I ended up quite by chance visiting Blair Castle, which was the ancestral home of one of the most pivotal characters in the 1745 Jacobite Rising, Lord George Murray. […]
February 11, 2019


  So far in my posts on this subject I’ve talked a little about the high-class prostitutes or courtesans, and about those who operated from private premises, either their own, or from a brothel run […]
January 28, 2019


  In my last post I wrote about courtesans, but of course the vast majority of girls who entered prostitution as a way to make a living would not even dream of ever being a […]