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Journey of a Marshal of Napoleon in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in 1825

with commentaries by Jean-Didier Hache and Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart

New enlarged edition of this best-selling book now available - incorporating the results of important recent research by Jean-Didier Hache which sheds new light on the dramatic story of Marshal MacDonald. This extraordinary book provides a unique footnote to the momentous events of Jacobite and Napoleonic history.

In 1746 Neil MacEachen left his native South Uist for the last time - in the company of Prince Charles Edward Stuart and hunted by Hanoverian forces on land and sea. Three-quarters of a century later Neil's son, Marshal Alexandre MacDonald, Marshal of France, created Duke of Tarentum by Napoleon, and High Chancellor of the Order of the Legion d'Honneur, returns to Scotland and the islands of his ancestors and is feted as a hero by the British establishment.

Throughout his trip in 1825, Marshal Alexandre MacDonald kept a diary. This fascinating document, ignored for generations and containing some very frank observations on people he met from Sir Walter Scott to his MacDonald forebears in the Hebrides, was found in the French National Archives and translated from the original French by Jean-Didier Hache. Giving an intimate account of a vanished society and a unique insight into the fabric of nineteenth century Scotland, this is the very human tale of one man's search for his roots.

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