One of the most important events in Scotland's history, which contributed directly to the 1707 Act of Union with England.
John Prebble was born in the UK in 1915 but spent his boyhood in a predominantly Scottish township in Canada. He became a journalist in 1934 and went on to become an historian, novelist, film-writer and the author of several highly praised plays and dramatised documentaries for BBC TV and Radio. He died in January 2001.
Prebble describes this almost forgotten episode as a raw
cross-section of human aspirations for freedom, noble in its
inception, foolish, petty and shocking in its end... Prebble's
canvas is immense, his characterisations excellently drawn *
Publisher's Weekly *
This is a welcome and long-overdue reissue of the late John Prebble's 1968 classic about Scotland's disastrous venture into creation of a trading colony... His writing is as compelling as are the salutary incidents he relates * Kirkus Reviews *