Up to people lived in the castle, and her bedroom, opened on to the hall, where never less than 20 people dined and often roistered half the night.
He kidnapped one Lady Grange and had her taken to the Hebrides. She passed the last 13 years of her life being moved from one island to another, including six years in St Kilda in a tiny stone hut. Lovat was by now 80 or over and did not take part in the fighting, but he was clearly implicated and his arrest ordered. After the defeat at Culloden, Charlie went on the run, and Lovat did likewise, being finally taken on a remote island in Loch Moran, the deepest lake in the Highlands. By slow stages he was transported to London in a bamboo cage and there housed in the Tower.
He was impeached for high treason and tried in Westminster Hall before the peers in March Lovat was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered, but George II commuted it to beheading. Lovat had a remarkably thick neck and he feared the executioner would hack it about. A vast concourse of people came to see Lovat beheaded.
Indeed, Lovat himself thought he would go immediately to heaven, being a martyr. Toby Young. James Delingpole.
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About the Book Saltire First Scottish Book of the Year The notorious and romantic story of Lord Lovat: double-agent, spy, the most famous supporter of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the last nobleman to be executed for treason. Lord Lovat was a spy, clan-chief, traitor, polyglot, deserter and philosopher.
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His wit, ambition and dubious morality thrust him repeatedly into the thick of political intrigue. A treacherous turncoat, and yet a martyr for Bonnie Prince Charlie's dreams to retake the British throne, Lovat conjured a legend: a man whose loyalty had no home, whose sword had a price, and whose taste for risks led him into pacts with Catholics and Protestants, Scots and Englishmen. The last nobleman to be executed for treason, Lovat was one of Scotland's most notorious and romantic figures, and this swashbuckling account of his life creates an extraordinary portrayal of a nation in revolt.
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