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The Last Highlander

by Sarah Fraser

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This is a biography of Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat, the last nobleman executed for treason. He played a role in the Jacobite rebellion and was present at Culloden. By telling the story of his life, this book also tells the story of a key period in Scottish history.

I didn’t finish this book. While it appeared to be well researched, and I like the fact that a map and family tree were provided as visual aids, the writing style didn’t engage me, and it felt like the story jumped around a bit between times and players. I was prepared to slog through, however, until I reached the chapter where it was stated that Simon Fraser raped his first wife ON THEIR WEDDING NIGHT. I had no interest in spending the rest of the book closely following his actions after that. I’ll find a different history of the period that doesn’t focus quite so much on Simon Fraser. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jan 13, 2018 |
This book is full to bursting with historical facts of the Jacobien uprising in Scotland in the 18th Century. Almost too full sometimes and takes a fair bit of concentration to read. However it is fascinating. It tells the story of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat the leader of the Fraser Clan, and a man of intrigue, a bumbling ninny sometimes, eccentric, ambitious and really rather a remarkable character! He seemed to lead a charmed life, as he was sentenced to death as a young man, but managed to regain his freedom after an enormous amount of political rangling only to be sentenced again as an old man of 80! He had many many faults but you can't help having a lot of respect and admiration for a man who would not stop fighting to attain what he wanted, which was basically freedom and liberty for his clan and the people of his beloved Scotland.
A really good story, really well researched and well written. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 000722950X, Paperback)

Fans of C.J. Sansom must read this Saltire Society Literary Awards Scottish First Book of the Year – a great non-fiction adventure about Scotland’s most notorious clan chief.

Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, was the last of the great Scottish chiefs – and the last nobleman executed for treason. Determined to seek his fortune with the exiled Jacobite king in France, Fraser acted as a spy for both the Stuarts and the Hanoverians; claimed to be both Protestant and Roman Catholic.

In July 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie launched his last attempt to seize back the throne, supported by Fraser and his clans. They were defeated at Culloden. Fraser was found hiding in a tree.

This swashbuckling spy story recreates an extraordinary period of history in its retelling of Fraser’s life. He is surely one of Scotland’s most notorious and romantic figures, a cunning and ambitious soldier who died a martyr for his country and an independent Scotland.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:49 -0400)

During his life, Lord Simon Lovat was a rebel and Jacobite conspirator, loyal British army officer and government placeman. He spied for the Stuarts and the Hanoverian Georges; was a double agent, a Protestant and Roman Catholic. He was both feudal, benevolent despot and University trained philosopher, reading Machiavelli in original Italian.… (more)

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