Tag Archives: History

Scandalous Sinclairs: Fact and Fiction

castle of mey

Much of what you’ll read about the Sinclairs of Caithness in A Lady’s Vengeance, Highland Menage 4, is true. “The Castle of Mey was built by George, the 4th Earl of Caithness, for his second son William Sinclair [called “Will” in A Lady’s Vengeance]. When visiting the family seat Girnigoe Castle in 1573, William was […]

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Highlands in autumn

29Sept 2nd 078 Angus and Gillis MacDougal would have passed by here on their way to Inverlochy Castle. It gives an idea of the steep terrain. This graveyard and wee kirk at the bottom of the hill has been a special site since far before Scotland was a nation. [if video does not load, please […]

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Captive Bride now on Amazon, Kobo

The first in the Highland Menage series

A feisty tomboy with nothing to lose but her life meets a pair of MacDougals with nothing to offer but themselves, including a few special talents to make her scream… Highland Menage series Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Captive-Highland-Menage-Publishing-Everlasting-ebook/dp/B00XIILVIG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/captive-bride-7 BookStrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/captive-bride Gillis MacDougal, cursing at being captured and tossed into his enemy’s prison pit, has a newly […]

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Research enhances characters and plot

Checking genealogy can reveal more than basic facts. It provides clues on how the clans intermarried, leading to stronger connections, or feuds if the contracts were not honored. You may also find interesting facts to add to your characters. Hands-on research, such as visiting the very places where the events occur, is priceless. For instance, […]

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Fiona’s Travel

In Captive Love, Highland Menage #1, Fiona meets Gillis MacDougal in the prison pit belonging to Campbell of Glenorchy. It is located in the yellow section at the bottom, below the pink line held by MacDonalds. She has ridden into Campbell land by mistake from the green Menzies land to the right. She travels with […]

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Laird Fraser’s Andrath Tower

Scotland is divided by a series of lochs running from northeast (Loch Ness) to southwest (Loch Eil). The Frasers and Camerons control much of these lands, so also decide who goes where, or not. They wish to keep it so. (Or even better, take over the western strip controlled by the Clan Ranald MacDonalds.) This […]

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Fiona’s Background

Fiona grew up here, at Castle Menzies. When she wasn’t out with the other squires she had a tiny room high in the attics with the servants which she shared with an old tomcat when he deigned to visit. Being inland, Weems didn’t get the salt spray from storms on the west coast, where Duncladach […]

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Medieval Castles of Clan MacDougal

Laird Dougal MacDougal, father of the sixteen men of this generation, grew up hearing of his clan’s wondrous past, when they controlled over 250 square miles of Highland Scotland. Due to a feud, they did not support Robert the Bruce and when he won, much of their land was given to Clan Campbell. When this […]

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Clan boundary map 1587

This is the map used reference for the Highland Menage series to set which clans had possession of land. This map was created in 1899 showing the “possessions of the Highland Proprietors” according to the Acts of Parliament of 1587 and 1594. This was under King James VI. [original can be found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_of_the_clans_of_Scotland_%281899,_third_edition%29.jpg]

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Overview of Highland series

There are sixteen MacDougal brothers, all tall and fierce warriors, most with blue eyes and dark hair. They stoutly defend what’s left of the once-mighty MacDougal empire. Their father did little but create many sons, half of them without bothering to marry. The MacDougals have a history of pairing up to find wives, a process […]

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