Following defeat at the Battle of Culloden, James Carnegy of Balnamoon is transformed
overnight from a respected official and laird to a hunted fugitive. Deciding against
taking a ship to France and safety, he opts instead to risk all and remain in Scotland
hoping to lie low in Glen Esk, close to his home and family, until the fuss dies
down and he can hope for an amnesty.
He is made welcome by the locals in the Glen and life is pleasant enough but that
all changes when word of his presence reaches the ears of the local minister, a man
who has no love of Jacobites.
Before he knows it Government troops, the Argyll Highlanders, have been called in
to capture him and bring him to trial for treason. With only his wits and the loyalty
of his friends in the Glen on his side it can only be a matter of time before he
is cornered. His life is on the line and the hunters are closing in………….
Firmly based on fact and true occurrences John Angus has brought the tale of ‘The
Rebel Laird’ to life with a cast of well-drawn characters and he sheds light on a
little-known episode from Scotland’s history, showing how even the quietest corners
of the country were affected in the aftermath of the rebellion.
The use of Scots dialogue adds a great warmth, humour and sense of place to the story
and takes the reader right into the lives of the people of the Glen and the mind
of the unique individual that was James Carnegy of Balnamoon – Bonnymune in Scots.