Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is now Scotland's youngest city, a vibrantly growing community and the main destination for all tourists who seek their Highland roots or that more elusive creature - Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Inverness's history, however, belies its peaceful present. Founded by Scotland's monarchs as a strategic outpost on a wild frontier, the royal burgh on the Ness has been caught up time and again in the struggles that mark Highland and British history. Over the centuries, rebels against Lowland rule, the forces of Robert Bruce, followers of the Lord of the Isles, the English soldiers of Cromwell's army, and Jacobites have swaggered through its streets. Here, too, have come some of the great figures in Scotland's story - from St Columba, Mary, Queen of Scots and the Marquis of Montrose to Prince Charles Edward Stuart and Johnson and Boswell.
James Miller was born and brought up in Caithness. After working in London and abroad he returned to Scotland and now lives near Inverness, where he is a full-time writer and contributes a weekly column to the Inverness Courier. He has written a number of other highly acclaimed books, including The North Atlantic Front, The Dam Builders, Scapa, Swords for Hire, Brimster Tales and The Foresters.
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