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The Legend of the Lost Jacobite Treasure, by Amy Rose Bennett #History #Jacobite #Scotland @AmyRoseBennett
The Legend of the Lost Jacobite Treasure
By Amy Rose Bennett
I have a new Scottish
historical romance release in March, The
Laird of Blackloch, and it features the legend of a missing treasure—a
fortune in gold coins buried somewhere in the Highlands of Scotland ...
After the Battle
of Culloden in which Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion was resoundingly crushed
by the British, my Jacobite hero-on-the-run Alexander MacIvor, returns home to
Blackloch Castle only to discover Malcolm Campbell, the Earl of Tay—who is
loyal to the Crown and the head of a rival clan—has ordered his men to lay
waste to his estate. Alex’s family and his affianced have been murdered and
Blackloch—situated on the shores of Loch Rannoch in Perthshire—is set alight.
Alexander escapes by the skin of his teeth and of course vows bloody vengeance
on Tay. But he has no idea how to make that happen ... until after hiding out in
the Highland wilderness for several months, injured and his spirit all but
broken, he accidentally stumbles across Jacobite clansmen burying caskets of
gold coins on the shores of Loch Arkaig. With an untold fortune in his
possession—Alex cannot resist the temptation of helping himself to the contents
of one of the caskets—he now has the means to reinvent himself and thence execute
a campaign to slowly destroy his enemy. Thus begins the tale of The Laird of Blackloch.
Bonnie Prince Charlie
Legend has it
there is a Jacobite treasure hidden somewhere in the Highlands. By all accounts two French frigates, the Bellona and Mars, arrived at Loch nan Uamh on
the west coast of Scotland at the end of April 1746 and delivered seven large
caskets of gold—worth over one million livres—to support Bonnie Prince
Charlie’s cause. However, the Jacobite army had already been defeated at
Culloden on 16th April. Apparently the Prince’s former secretary,
Murray of Broughton, was entrusted with looking after the treasure; the money was to be used to help fugitive Jacobites. However he was arrested by government troops in June
1746 and the treasure may have been passed to the Camerons of Lochiel for
safekeeping. It was reportedly buried on the shores of Loch Arkaig in Lochaber but
may have been unearthed and reburied several times over the next few months to
prevent loyalist soldiers discovering it. There are also rumours one of the
caskets was stolen by the Macdonalds of Barrisdale.
the story goes, the fugitive Jacobite Ewan ‘Cluny’ Macpherson, the chief of
Clan Chattan, was then tasked with looking after and disseminating the gold to
Jacobites in need of funds. It’s believed Cluny Macpherson hid himself and perhaps
the treasure in a remote mountain cave dubbed ‘Cluny’s Cage’ on the slopes of
Ben Alder for nine years. Cluny’s hideout is featured in Robert Louis Stevenson’s
classic novel ‘Kidnapped’.
1753 Bonnie Prince Charlie—who was living in exile on the Continent—sent the
younger brother of the Chief of Cameron of Lochiel, Dr. Archibald Cameron back
to the Highlands to locate the gold. However Dr. Cameron was captured by the British
and executed for his role in the Forty-Five. The only other account about the
gold seems to come from the mid nineteenth century; a small bag of French and
Spanish gold coins was supposedly discovered near Loch Arkaig but it certainly
wasn’t an immense treasure!
the years, many have searched for the missing Jacobite gold, but to this day
its whereabouts remains an unsolved mystery. I hope readers enjoy The Laird of Blackloch and my little
twist to the legend.
Amy Rose Bennett
Amy Rose Bennett has always wanted to be a writer for
as long as she can remember. An avid reader with a particular love for
historical romance, it seemed only natural to write stories in her favorite
genre. She has a passion for creating emotion-packed—and sometimes a little
racy—stories set in the Georgian and Regency periods. Of course, her strong-willed
heroines and rakish heroes always find their happily ever after.
the Battle of Culloden, Alexander MacIvor returns to his ancestral home,
Blackloch Castle, only to find the Earl of Tay, chief of the rival Clan
Campbell, has laid waste to everything he holds dear. In the face of such
devastation, Alex seems doomed to live the life of a fugitive Jacobite ...
until a stroke of good luck allows him to escape the Highlands and begin again.
later, styling himself as a wealthy Englishman, Alexander reclaims his forfeited
estate, becoming the new Laird of Blackloch. But it’s not nearly enough to
quench his thirst for vengeance. Hell-bent on destroying Lord Tay, he
single-mindedly sets about driving his nemesis to bankruptcy. When he learns
the earl intends to marry the very beautiful English heiress, Miss Sarah
Lambert, thus escaping penury, he devises a devious plan: kidnap Miss Lambert
and ransom her to hasten Tay’s ruin.
Sarah Lambert learns Lord Tay is not the man she thought he was during a
masquerade ball in Edinburgh, she is devastated. Reeling from her discovery,
things go from bad to worse when a mysterious yet charming guest by the name of
Alexander Black turns out to be a true devil in disguise. Abducted and whisked
way into the wild Highlands by Black, Sarah is imprisoned in a remote,
island-bound tower. Refusing to be a pawn in Black’s diabolical plan for
revenge, she determines that somehow, some way, she will regain her freedom. If
only she could unlock Black’s secrets ...
in such close quarters, Alexander quickly discovers the spirited Sarah is more
than a match for him, and even the best laid plans can go awry when passion
flares and the spark of love threatens to revive his long-dead heart. When the
shadows of the past begin to gather, will Alexander and Sarah find their way
forward ... or will the threatening darkness destroy them both?
The Laird of Blackloch will be
released on 12th March 2018. You’ll be able to find the buy links at all good ebook
retailers on the Harlequin Escape Publishing website or on Amy Rose Bennett’s
website very soon.