Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Indian Peter by Douglas Skelton

Indian Peter is the remarkable story of Peter Williamson, who, in 1743 at the age of 13, was snatched from an Aberdeen quayside and transported to the burgeoning American colonies to be sold into indentured servitude. Unlike many others who found themselves in similar circumstances, Peter was fortunate to be bought by a humane man who left him money when he died, enabling him to buy his own farm after marrying. According to Peter's own account, his farm was attacked in 1754, during what became known as the French and Indian War, and he was captured by the Indians, who forced him to travel with them as a slave. After escaping, he joined the British Army to fight the French and their Indian allies but his regiment was forced to surrender and he was taken to Canada as a prisoner of war. Eventually, the POWs were exchanged for French prisoners and Peter found himself free. He made his way back to Scotland and tracked down the men who were behind his initial kidnapping. He accused them publicly and took them to court in a landmark case that exposed the scandal of slave trading. Once settled in Edinburgh, Peter became a publican, writer, publisher and entrepreneur. He developed Edinburgh's first Penny Post system, launched a weekly magazine and shamelessly exploited his experiences for profit. A well-known figure, especially in the law courts, his 1788 divorce case scandalised the city - and provided further fodder for his autobiographical pen. Brimming with action and adventure, Indian Peter is a true-life tale of abduction, war and courtroom drama. It is an inspiring story of courage, fortitude and one man's determination to survive against seemingly insurmountable odds.

Buy Indian Peter by Douglas Skelton from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781845960322
ISBN-10: 1845960327
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 130mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Indian Peter by Douglas Skelton

Book Reviews - Indian Peter by Douglas Skelton

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Indian Peter book by Douglas Skelton and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Douglas Skelton

Douglas Skelton is a journalist and author of a number of true crime books. He is married and lives in Ayrshire.

Books By Douglas Skelton

Tag - You're Dead by Douglas Skelton
Paperback, April 2017
Dead Don't Boogie by Douglas Skelton
Paperback, September 2016
Open Wounds by Douglas Skelton
Paperback, February 2016
Crow Bait by Douglas Skelton
Paperback, July 2015