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The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites

Fact-tastic Stories from Scotland's History

Linda Strachan
Darren Gate


Also available as: eBook

Range: Young Kelpies Paperback 136 pages 40 b/w illustrations 197 x 158 mm ISBN: 9781782505969 Publication date: 18th July 2019
"I ran forward, yelling, with all the other Highlanders. I didn’t have time to think about how scared I was."

Step into the shoes of brother and sister, Rob and Aggie, to find out what it was really like to live in the Scottish Highlands and fight for the Jacobites.

-- Who was Bonnie Prince Charlie?
-- Why were bagpipes classed as a Weapon of War?
-- What really happened at the Battle of Culloden?
-- How did the Jacobite Risings change Scotland forever?

Includes maps, timelines, family trees and more!


'The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites [...] mixes first-person narratives with nuggets of well-chosen information and fantastic artwork from Darren Gate.
Rob's experiences come alive on the page as the reader is pulled not only into the thick of battle but also discovers the intricacies of life for ordinary people in the 18th century. Rob's sister Aggie remains home in the Highlands but her narrative adds a depth and richness to the book which I found delightful.
A delightful book that readers will enjoy not only for its educational value but also for its page-turning action!'
-- Saviour Pirotta, author of the Ancient Greek Mysteries series

'I like the story about Rob and Aggie, and about fighting for Bonnie Prince Charlie. It’s as I usually say; it helps to understand history when you meet and get to know and like some of the people who were involved at the time... I reckon this kind of book will work very well in a classroom, helping to explain history.'
-- Bookwitch

Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites


Linda Strachan is an award-winning author of over 70 books, including the bestselling Hamish McHaggis series, novels for older children and many educational titles. An inspirational speaker in schools, libraries and at conferences, in the UK and as far afield New Zealand, Linda is also…

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Darren Gate is the 2016 winner of the Kelpies Design and Illustration Prize. He is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Glasgow.

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