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Description - Anna, Countess of the Covenant by Mary McGrigor

Like the heroine of an historical novel, Lady Anna Mackenzie lived a life shaped by extraordinary events. Famed for her beauty, Anna, daughter of Lord Seaforth, married Alexander Lindsay, later 1st Earl of Balcarres, at the age of nineteen in 1640. An idyllic life at Balcarres Castle in Fife came to an abrupt end with the Civil War, and when Balcarres raised an army to fight for Charles II and was defeated by Cromwell, the family was forced to flee to Holland. Reduced to great poverty, `the angel of the exiled court' became a governess to Prince William of Orange, the future William III. Returning to Scotland after the tragic death of her husband, Anna showed immense courage and fortitude in saving the family estates from bankruptcy, and found much-needed solace in her marriage to Archibald, 9th Earl of Argyll. But tranquillity vanished again when Argyll was beheaded for his part in the attempt to overthrow James VII and II in 1685, and Anna herself was imprisoned.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841586687
ISBN-10: 1841586684
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mary McGrigor

Born in 1927, Mary McGrigor grew up in a fifteenth-century Scottish castle which inspired her love of history. When she was twenty she married Sir Charles McGrigor who eventually retired to become a hill farmer in Argyll. Inspired by local artefacts she wrote a number of local histories before branching out into articles for Scottish Field. Her book 'Argyll, Land of Blood and Beauty' was published in 2000. She lives near Port Sonachan in Argyll.

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