James Hunter - Culloden & The Last Clansman (2nd Hand Paperback)
An armed uprising. A conspiracy. An assassination. A hanging.
These events, starting with the crushing of Jacobite rebels at Culloden in 1746 and culminating six years later in the Appin Murder - this provided Robert Louis Stevenson with the plot of his enduringly popular novel Kidnapped.
But truth can be every bit as dramatic as fiction. And never more so than in this account of what lay behind the killing of government officer Colin Campbell by a hidden gunman on a May afternoon in 1752.
Campbell was on his way to evict rebels from the Ardshiel estate near Appin, and Britain's rulers saw in his murder a terrorist act committed by Jacobite survivors of Culloden. When the alleged killer evaded a Scotland-wide manhunt and escaped abroad, politicians insisted someone had to pay for Campbell's death.
The sacrificial lamb was James Stewart, a Culloden veteran who had been organising resistance to Campbell's evictions. James was found guilty in the show trial that followed and was hanged close to the murder scene. His body was left suspended there for years as a grim warning to anyone else thinking of challenging the new order the British state had imposed on the Jacobite Highlands.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback.
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Scotland
- Published : 2001 (Mainstream)
- ISBN : 9781845965426
- SKU : B001382
- PPC : LL230gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"A brilliant tale, well told and brought to life. I especially like the detail about the area in which the action takes place." - Goodreads.
James Hunter CBE (born 1948) is a historian of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. In 2005 he founded the Centre for History in Dornoch as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, and served as the head of the Centre between 2005-2010.
Hunter has held a number of additional posts: he was the director of the Scottish Crofters Union (1985-1990), Chairman of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust (2004-2007) and Chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (1998-2004), the Inverness-based development and training agency for the North of Scotland.