Clan Feuds in the Highlands

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Even though my newest book, The Highlander’s Secret Son, takes place in Georgian times in 1743, the clan rivalry between my hero, Brandon Campbell, and heroine, Fiona MacDonald, is sparked by a previous true historical event that occurred generations before them: The Glencoe Massacre of 1692. 

After Alasdair Maclain MacDonald of Glencoe missed the January 1, 1692 deadline for taking the oath of  loyalty to King William by a mere five days, Captain Robert Campbell and his regiment were sent to Glencoe on February 1st to collect taxes and await further orders.

During the next two weeks Campbell and his men stayed with the MacDonalds and enjoyed their hospitality. On February 12th, Campbell and his men received orders to attack their MacDonald hosts and massacre them, taking great care to ensure that the clan leader Alasdair and his sons were killed to make an example of them and frighten other clans into submission to the king.

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Glencoe Photo by Gil Cavalcanti, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The attack ended in Alasdair’s death, but his sons and grandson as well as many other clan men and women escaped to safety despite a raging winter storm. In total, 38 members of the MacDonald clan were killed. The event was infamous as it was deemed “murder under trust” for happening while the Campbells were enjoying the hospitality provided by the MacDonalds

I highly recommend Scotland: The Story of a Nation by Magnus Magnusson for further reading on this topic. But don’t say I didn’t warn you, it’s easy to lose a few hours in those pages!

About the Book: The Highlander’s Secret Son

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What was Fiona MacDonald doing on the run across his lands? With a wee baby, as well! Brandon had once loved this woman with all his heart, until her family had killed so many of his clan. As the new Campbell laird, he must make sure she pays the price of her betrayal. But how can he claim his vengeance if what she says is true? That her child is his son and heir! 

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About the Author

Jeanine Englert’s love affair with mysteries and romance began with Nancy Drew, Murder She Wrote, and her Grandmother’s bookshelves full of romance novels. She is a double Romance Writers of America Inaugural Vivian Awards ® Finalist, Golden Heart ® Finalist, Silver Falchion, Maggie, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romance and mystery.

Her Scottish Highland historicals and historical romantic suspense novels revolve around characters seeking self-acceptance and redemption. When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved rescue pups, as well as mysteries and romance with other readers. Visit her website at

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