James Irvine Robertson

Lady Of Kynachan
  • Lady Of Kynachan

  • Not long after he inherited the Highland estate of Kynachan, young David Stewart was shown, in a dream, the image of his future wife. When, at a ball in Perth, he saw the beautiful Jean Mercer - the woman of his dream - he proposed at once, determined that she should become his Lady of Kynachan.

    The marriage was passionate and happy, and Jean learned to love the life of the Scottish Highlands. But when Prince Charles landed in 1745 and summoned his men to follow him, David Stewart, a devoted Jacobite, went to fight for the Cause, perishing on the field of Culloden with all the men of Kynachan save one.

    As the British government ruthlessly set out ot destroy the Highland way of life, the Lady of Kynachan summoned all her courage, her wit and strength, to build a new life for herself, her children, and the people of Kynachan.

Born in Stirling in 1945, James Irvine Robertson worked in newspaper management in Scotland, Canada and South Africa before joining a London advertising agency. In 1971 he put advertising behind him and became a pig breeder and farmer in Wales and Devon. He returned to Scotland in 1991 to live within ten miles of estate of Kynachan. He has published a number of books including Any Fool Can be a Pig Farmer and Any Fool Can be a Dairy Farmer and now writes and broadcasts regularly on farming matters and on the history of Highland Perthshire. A direct descendent of the Stewarts of Kynachan, James Irvine Robertson inherited the family papers, the earliest of which date back to 1495.

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