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Indian Peter: The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Peter Williamson [Paperback]

D Skelton
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6 Oct 2005

Indian Peter is the remarkable story of Peter Williamson, who, in 1743 at the age of 13, was snatched from an Aberdeen quayside and transported to the burgeoning American colonies to be sold into indentured servitude. Unlike many others who found themselves in similar circumstances, Peter was fortunate to be bought by a humane man who left him money when he died, enabling him to buy his own farm after marrying.

According to Peter's own account, his farm was attacked in 1754, during what became known as the French and Indian War, and he was captured by the Indians, who forced him to travel with them as a slave. After escaping, he joined the British Army to fight the French and their Indian allies but his regiment was forced to surrender and he was taken to Canada as a prisoner of war.

When he was eventually freed, Peter made his way back to Scotland and tracked down the men who were behind his initial kidnapping. He accused them publicly and took them to court in a landmark case that exposed the scandal of slave trading.

Once settled in Edinburgh, Peter became a publican, writer, publisher and entrepreneur. He developed Edinburgh's first Penny Post system, launched a weekly magazine and shamelessly exploited his experiences for profit.

Brimming with action and adventure, Indian Peter is a true-life tale of abduction, war and courtroom drama. It is an inspiring story of courage, fortitude and one man's determination to survive against seemingly insurmountable odds.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (6 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845960327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845960322
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 584,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Douglas Skelton has published 11 books on true crime and history.
His first thriller BLOOD CITY was published by Luath Press in 2013.
The gritty thriller is the first in a series set on the tough streets of Glasgow from 1980 onwards.
The second CROW BAIT will be published in 2014.

Check out his author page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Douglas-Skelton/392586620751792
Follow him on Twitter @DouglasSkelton1

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"''Indian Peter' reinvented himself in so many guises - each more flamboyant than the last - that his biography makes a rip-roaring read' **** - The Scotsman"

"'Even by the dramatic standards of the eighteenth century, the story of Peter Williamson is an extraordinary one' - The Herald"

About the Author

Douglas Skelton is a journalist and author of a number of true crime books. He is married and lives in Ayrshire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Peter 10 April 2014
By Sandra
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A definite 'must read'. Bought this because it's the same name of my husband who read this years ago. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Special Meaning 26 Aug 2013
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This book has a special meaning for me as, whilst researching our family tree, we discovered that Indian Peter is actually one of our ancestors! He is the type of character that everyone wishes they could find in their family tree and I feel as if I struck gold when I found a book had been written about his life and I had to have it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Peter 1 Feb 2014
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Very interesting well documented historical novel. It's taken from an autobiography of Peter Williamson, then, extensive research was apparently done during various time periods. The author skillfully weaves facts into a plausible, interesting story.
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Peter Williamson was snatched from an Aberdeen, Scotland quayside in 1740 and transported to the burgeoning American colonies to be sold into slavery. This is a true-life adventure of abduction, war and courtroom drama and an inspiring tale of courage, fortitude and one man's determination to survive against seemingly unsurmountable odds.
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