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A Lost Lady of Old Years

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Set in Scotland in 1745, during the Jacobite Rebellion, this dark story of loyalty and betrayal on the road to Culloden Moor recounts the adventures of Francis Birkenshaw. The Jacobite cause means nothing to him until a chance meeting with the beautiful Margaret Murray presents an opportunity for profit and adventure. The fateful encounter marks the beginning of Francis’s ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published September 23rd 2001 by Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (first published November 1st 1995)
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Cathy
A Lost Lady of Old Years is the fifth book in my Buchan of the Month reading project.  You can find out more about the project plus my reading list for 2018 on my blog.  It is one of the few books by John Buchan I’ve not read before.  I’m going to preface this review by stating that, in my opinion, A Lost Lady of Old Years is not the best book John Buchan ever wrote although, to be fair, it was published early in his writing career.

Buchan paints a picture of a young man, Francis Birkenshaw, the
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Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Very wordy and with a huge assumption of knowledge of the Battle of Culloden and its befores and afters. Not as well known as John Buchan's other works, I suspect because it's not as good as they are.
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John Buchan (1st Baron Tweedsmuir) was a Scottish novelist and public servant who combined a successful career as an author of thrillers, historical novels, histories and biographies with a parallel career in public life. At the time of his death he was Governor-General of Canada.

Buchan was educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities. After a brief career in law he went to South Africa in 1902 wh
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