The Last Highlander
Winner of the Scottish first book of the year award.
'Sarah Fraser tells the story of the "Old Fox" with notable panache....Makes delightful bedside reading' Max Hastings, Sunday Times
Lord Lovat was a spy, clan chief, traitor, polyglot, deserter and philosopher. His wit, ambition and dubious morality thrust him repeatedly into the thick of political intrigue. A treacherous turncoat and yet a martyr for Bonnie Prince Charlie's plot to retake the British throne. Lovat conjured a a legend: a man whose loyalty had no home, who's sword had a price, and who's taste for risk led him into pacts with Catholics and Protestants, Scots and Englishmen. The last nobleman to be executed for treason, Lovat was on of Scotland's most notorious and romantic figures, and this swashbuckling account of his life creates an extraordinary portrayal of a nation in revolt.
'In this colourful, entertaining biography, Sarah Fraser does not attempt to excuse Lord Lovat's personal faults or political chicenary but, rather(presents) him amply in a complex historical context' Iain Finlayson, The Times
'Sarah Fraser deserves to be acclaimed as a notable biographer... This brave and meaty book tells this remarkable tale with admirable patience, industry and understanding' Paul Johnson, Spectator
'A vivid and fascinating biography of a quirky aristocrat' Lawrence James, Evening Standard
Author: Sarah Fraser