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Nigel Tranter Historical Novels
Title Begin year End year King/Queen Main caracter Synopsis
Druid Sacrifice 517 544 - Thanea/St Mungo Arthur's christian neice Thanea & her battles against druidic practices
Columba 563 597 - Columba (521-597) The Irish Prince who became the Celtic church's greatest missionary and was based on the sacred island of Iona
Kenneth 839 858 Kenneth MacAlpine (843-858) Kenneth MacAlpine The man who made and named Scotland. Brought together the ancient kingdoms of Alba, Dalriada, Strathclyde and Galloway.
High Kings and Vikings 995 1033 Kenneth II 
(971-995)
Cormac mac Farquhar Cormac mac Farquhar, newly Thane of Glamis under the reign of Kenneth II in 995, is drawn into a period of national chaos against a background of Viking raids and short lived High Kings who must rule with a heavy hand.
Macbeth the King 1031 1057 Macbeth
(1040-1057)
Macbeth The real story of Macbeth and his struggle to unite Scotland - a very different tale from the Shakespearean fiction which has since blackened his name.
Margaret the Queen 1070 1093 Malcolm III Canmore (1058-1093) Queen Margaret Queen to Malcolm Canmore, Margaret's profound influence entirely changed Scottish history encouraging Norman rather than Celtic influences in both politics and religion
David the Prince 1100 1153 David I
(1124-1153)
David MacMalcolm The 12th century story of David I & his fight to bring Scotland from a fractured and warring country to the forefront of christian Europe
Lord of the Isles 1131 1164 Malcolm IV
(1153-1165)
Somerled The Mighty Somerled. Slayer of the Norsemen and clearer of the Vikings from the Western Isles of Scotland.
Tapestry of the Boar 1157 1166 Malcolm IV
(1153-1165)
Hugh de Swinton Set in the reign of Malcolm IV this story is about Hugh De Swinton, expert killer of boars who, at Malcolm's bidding, set up the first hospital in Scotland, at Soutra
Sword of State 1214 1249 Alexander II
(1214-1249)
Patrick
Master of Dunbar
The 13th century story of Patrick, Master of Dunbar, and his friendship with Alexander II who became King of Scots at the age of 16. A friendship that survived through the troubled times of revolts, invasions and treachery.
Envoy Extraordinaire 1247 1286 Alexander III
(1249-1286)
Patrick
7th Earl of Dunbar
Continues the tale of Patrick, 7th Earl of Dunbar and his striggle to protect Scotland from the threat of Norse and Viking invasion.
Crusader 1248 1261 Alexander III
(1249-1286)
David de Lindsay On the throne of Scotland from seven years of age Alexander III battled against his own lords and Henry III of England.
True Thomas 1263 1291 Alexander III
(1249-1286)
Thomas Learmonth Thomas the Rhymer, 13th Century poet and prophesier
The Islesman 1292 1329 John Balliol
 / Robert I
Angus Og MacDonald The book tells of the story of Angus Og MacDonald the semi-independent prince of the Hebrides and much of the West Highland mainland. A story of war and voyages, of loyalty and daring.
Wallace 1295 1305 John Balliol
(1292-1296)
William Wallace The story of William Wallace, who led the Scots against the English takeover of the country
Robert the Bruce:
Steps to the Empty Throne
1296 1306 John Balliol
(1292-1296)
Robert the Bruce Vol. 1. Of the story of Scotlands hero king
Robert the Bruce:
The Price of the King's Peace
1306 1314 Robert I
(1306-1329)
Robert the Bruce Vol. 2. Of the story of Scotlands hero king
Robert the Bruce: 
Path of the Hero King
1314 1329 Robert I
(1306-1329)
Robert the Bruce Vol. 3. Of the story of Scotlands hero king
Flowers of Chivalry 1332 1339 David II
(1329-1371)
William Douglas
Alexander Ramsay
The battle to save Scotland's independence in the years after the death of Bruce
Courting Favour 1360 1395 David II
(1329-1371)
John Cospatrick John Cospatrick, younger son of the Earl of Dunbar but became Earl of Moray from his mother - Black Agnes. He became the representative of King David in the far north of Scotland and learned the skills of a diplomat.
Lords of Misrule 1388 1390 Robert II
(1371-1390)
Jamie Douglas Vol 1 of the House of Stewart trilogy, concerning the descendants of Bruce and their battle to hold on to the crown
A Folly of Princes 1390 1402 Robert II
(1371-1390)
Jamie Douglas Vol 2 of the House of Stewart trilogy
The End of the Line 1390 1437 Robert III / James I (1406-1437) George Cospatrick The last of four books telling the story of Cospatricks the head of the March and Dunbar family.
The Captive Crown 1402 1411 Robert III
(1390-1406)
Jamie Douglas Vol 3 of the House of Stewart trilogy
Lion Let Loose 1405 1437 Robert III / James I (1406-1437) James I The story of King James the First.
The Lions Whelp 1437 1460 James II (1437-1460) Alexander Lyon The story of the child king James II, who in 1437 inherited the throne at the age of seven following the murder of his father. It is also the story of Alexander Lyon (an ancestor the the present Queen Mother) who became James' friend and protector.
Black Douglas 1449 1456 James II (1437-1460) William Douglas The 15th Century Feud between the Royal House of Stewart and the powerful family of Douglas
Price of a Princess 1465 1469 James III
(1460-1488)
Mary Stewart The story of Mary Stewart, eldest sister of the young James III, who went to Denmark with her husband the Earl of Arran and negotiated the transfer of Orkney and Shetland to Scottish control - but at great cost to herself
Lord in Waiting 1474 1488 James III
(1460-1488)
John
Lord of Douglas
The 15th century stories of Princess Mary - sister of James III - and John, Lord of Douglas.
The Admiral 1480 1530 James III, IV, V Andrew Wood The story of how Andrew Wood, a humble laird from Fife built up a number of captured ships to form the nucleus of a Scottish fleet. So successful was he that James III promoted him to Lord High Admiral of Scotland.
Chain of Destiny 1488 1513 James IV
(1488-1513)
James IV James IV was crowned as a 15 year old following his father's murder, but he went on to become one of Scotland's finest kings before tragically dying at Flodden
A Flame for the Fire 1494 1513 James IV
(1488-1513)
David Kennedy David, Master of Kennedy, who through his association with King James IV, possibly Scotland's best ever monarch, found himself propelled from a quiet family life in Carrick to a leading role in the protection of his country against the English Tudors.
Riven Realm 1513 1526 James V
(1513-1542)
David Lindsay
David Beaton
Vol. 1. James V inherited the throne at only 17 months old after his father died at Flodden, and grew up surrounded by those who would plot against him.
A Stake in the Kingdom 1513 1547 James V
(1513-1542)
David Beaton The 16th century story of Cardinal David Beaton
James, by the Grace of God 1526 1536 James V
(1513-1542)
David Lindsay
David Beaton
Vol. 2. Of the James V trilogy.
Rough Wooing 1536 1548 James V
(1513-1542)
David Lindsay
David Beaton
Vol. 3. Of the James V trilogy.
The Marchman 1536 1565 Mary
(1542-1567)
John Maxwell  Warden of the West March in the Borders area between Scotland and England, had the difficult task of keeping some sort of order in that wild and individual district. He also found himself drawn into the affairs of Mary Queen of Scots
Warden of the Queen's March 1561 1568 Mary
(1542-1567)
Thomas Kerr
of Ferniehurst
Who struggled to protect Mary Queen of Scots during her troubled reign.
Queen's Grace 1562 1563 Mary
(1542-1567)
Patrick Gordon Events surrounding the life & times of Mary Queen of Scots
A Rage of Regents 1568 1581 Mary
(1542-1567)
John Carmichael The story of John Carmichael, who was appointed Warden of the Middle March
The Master of Gray (title altered to Lord and Master 1973) 1574 1587 Mary
(1542-1567)
Patrick Gray Vol. 1. The Story of Patrick, Master of Gray and master of political intrigue; involved in plots to release Mary Queen of Scots, and in various aspects of power politics at the court of Elizabeth.
Right Royal Friend 1580 1608 James VI
(1567-1625)
David Murray  
The Courtesan 1589 1594 James VI
(1567-1625)
Patrick Gray Vol. 2. The Story of Patrick, Master of Gray and master of political intrigue; involved in plots to release Mary Queen of Scots, and in various aspects of power politics at the court of Elizabeth.
Children of the Mist 1589 1603 James VI
(1567-1625)
Alastair MacGregor
of Glenstrae
The story of the MacGregors in the 16th century.
Past Master 1594 1603 James VI
(1567-1625)
Patrick Gray Vol. 3. The Story of Patrick, Master of Gray and master of political intrigue; involved in plots to release Mary Queen of Scots, and in various aspects of power politics at the court of Elizabeth.
Wisest Fool 1603 1611 James VI
(1567-1625)
James VI James VI & I, the monarch who united the crowns of Scotland and England.
Poetic Justice 1603 1633 James VI
(1567-1625)
William Alexander
of Menstrie
William Alexander of Menstrie, who as a poet came to the attention of James VI, and went on to translate the Psalms for the King's new bible. Finding himself adept at handling the affairs of the court in London
Unicorn Rampant 1617 1619 James VI
(1567-1625)
John Stewart
of Methven
The story of John Stewart of Methven, unwillingly knighted by James VI & I on one of his rare return visits to Scotland, and his adventures at Court
Mail Royal 1624 1625 James VI
(1567-1625)
David Gray The intrigues surrounding a casket of letters from Mary Queen of Scots, which would prove damaging in the wrong hands
The Young Montrose 1637 1645 Charles I
(1625-1649)
James Graham Vol. 1. One of Scotland's finest and most dashing military commanders, who unusually for his time, was also a highly cultured and intelligent man
Montrose, the Captain General 1649 1650 Charles I
(1625-1649)
James Graham Vol. 2. One of Scotland's finest and most dashing military commanders, who unusually for his time, was also a highly cultured and intelligent man
Honours Even 1649 1654 Charles II
(1660-1685)
James Ramsay Cromwell and The Honours of Scotland
Triple Alliance 1650 1665 Charles II (1660-1685) / Cromwell James Stanfield The fascinating story, set in the 17th century, of Colonel James Stanfield, Roundhead officer, ' governor ' of Haddingtonshire and founder, with two others, of the Haddington textile industry.
The Patriot 1678 1710 Anne
(1702-1714)
Andrew Fletcher Andrew Fletcher's fight against the threat of Union with England in the late 17th century
Fast and Loose 1701 1705 James VII / II
 (1685-1689)
Clan MacColl The turbulent story of clan MacColl. Set in 1704
MacGregor's Gathering 1706 1709 George I
(1714-1727)
Gregor MacGregor
of Glengyle
Vol. 1. The famous story of the battle for survival of the clan MacGregor and it's outlawed chief Rob Roy
Clansman 1713 1715 George I
(1714-1727)
Gregor MacGregor
of Glengyle
The second volume of the MacGregor Trilogy
Highness in Hiding 1745 1746 George II
(1727-1760)
Bonnie Prince Charlie Bonnie Prince Charlie's wanderings and eventual escape after the defeat at Culloden
Gold for Prince Charlie 1746 1746 George II
(1727-1760)
Gregor MacGregor
of Glengyle
The third volume in the MacGregor Trilogy
The Flockmasters 1806 1814 George III
(1760-1820)
Alastair MacRory the Highland Clearances. The adventures of a hero of the peninsular wars, returning to his home in Wester Ross in 1806
Gilded Fleece 1809 1810 George III
(1760-1820)
Adam Metcalfe the Highland Clearances
Island Twilight 1814 1816 George III
(1760-1820)
Aeneas Graham Set in the Inner Hebrides in Napoleonic times