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Author and historian Nigel Tranter was born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 23, 1909. He was educated at the George Heriot's School in Edinburgh and later trained as an accountant. He worked for his uncle's insurance company for ten years before joining the…

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In 1745 the Highlanders limped away from the bitter field of Culloden. Soon the Duke of Cumberland was offering a huge sum for the capture of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, dead or alive. Duncan MacGregor, great-nephew of Rob Roy, volunteers to join the small band…

Bridal Path

by Nigel Tranter

|November 2, 2013

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Here is a simple tale of a simple man to whom simple circumstances---and his neighbours---proclaimed that he required a wife to look after his children, his cows and his goat.  Since most of the women on his native island were near relatives to himself, it…

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David Scott and his wife Margaret, of Hyndlaw, go to visit an old friend in Suffolk and do some duck shooting. A good read that builds up from a gentle start. With plenty of action and fine descriptions of the surrounding coastal fen land, the likeable characters…

Kenneth

by Nigel Tranter

|December 20, 2012

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Norse-Slayer and nation-builder, Kenneth, son of Alpin mac Eochaidh, King of Galloway, was the visionary who brought together the ancient kingdoms of Alba, Dalriada, Strathclyde and Galloway to create the country of Scotland. Yet his vision was wider still. He…

Colours Flying

by Nigel Tranter

|November 1, 2013

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David Scott and his wife, Margaret, were well involved in the by-election for Central Peebles and the East March in the Scottish Borders - David, because a wartime comrade, Archie Butler, had been selected as the candidate for An Co-fhlaitheachd , a Scottish…

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Nigel Tranter expertly weaves the colorful threads of folklore into the fabric of historical fact. The legends, myths, stories and memories handed down from generation to generation are added to the bare bones of factual record to reveal Scotland's true character.

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Rob Roy MacGregor’s name and reputation stride through late-17th- and early 18th-century Scottish history and he is probably the nation’s best-known historical figure next to Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Along with those three, Rob…

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Hector Ross returned to his Highland home from the Far East to help in the development of hydro-electric power.  He found the scheme of which he was in charge had been altered for the financial benefit of the new English landlord and to the detriment of the…

Lord of the Isles

by Nigel Tranter

|December 20, 2012

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By the power of his sword arm, his dragon fleet and his sheer personality, Somerled Norse Slayer carved an enduring name for himself in Scottish legend. Inheriting his father's shattered thanedom in Argyll in the twelfth century, he enlarged it by courage,…

Ducks and Drakes

by Nigel Tranter

|December 2, 2013

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Ardrinish Bay, on the west coast of Kintyre, is well known for wild fowl, waders and sea birds.  Some of the locals have always exercised their rights to shoot wild fowl between low and high tide marks.  The bird population also attracts…

Marchman

by Nigel Tranter

|September 13, 2012

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During the 16th century, the Borderland between Scotland and England was something of a world apart, with its own strange laws, beliefs and customs. Young John Maxwell, Warden of the West March, did his best to control a motley crew of dalesmen and mosstroopers…