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St Kilda, Jacobite Conspiracies, Scandal - what more could you ask for?,
This review is from: The Prisoner of St Kilda: The true story of the unfortunate Lady Grange (Paperback)
This brief, but very enjoyable, book presses all the right buttons. Any book with a St Kilda connection always attracts interest, and add to that a facinating story of a fiery woman in a male-dominated environment, with kidnap and imprisonment and Jacobite conspiracies and you can't go wrong. The book is well-researched and well-written and is the true story of Lady Grange (1677 - 1745) who reputedly with the help of a pistol forced her husband to marry her, was later kidnaped and imprisoned on St Kilda (partly because her instability could have put at risk some of the clan/society leaders in Scotland at the time, partly because her husband was having an affair with a London tea-shop owner)and died in Skye - forgotten and ignored by even her own children. On the way, the book offers fascinating insights into Scottish society at this time, including how the church in Scotland colluded in both her treatment and the destruction of her reputation (and the reputation of one of its own employees who supported her).
The book is organised into 29 brief chapters presenting the story chronologically, with some interesting appendices (including the full text of a letter which Lady Grange managed to send from St Kilda).
If you are interested in St Kilda, or in Scottish history at the time of the Jacobite risings, you will enjoy this book - I certainly did.