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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.
James Irvine Robertson is an author and broadcaster living in Highland, Perthshire. He is a descendant of the Stewarts of Kynachan and inherited a chest of family papers in which he discovered this story.
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