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The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange

The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange

Author(s): Sue Lawrence

Location(s): Edinburgh, St Kilda

Genre(s): Historical, Biography, Fiction

Era(s): 1732

The wronged lady finally has her say… One of the strangest and most disturbing stories to have emerged from Scotland’s Jacobite past.’ The Times

Edinburgh, January 1732.

It’s the funeral of Rachel, wife of Lord Grange. Her death is a shock. Still young, she’d shown no signs of ill health.

Rachel is, however, still alive. She has been brutally kidnapped by the man who has falsified her death: her husband. Her punishment, perhaps, for railing against his infidelity – or simply for being too feisty for a lady and never submissive enough as a wife. Whether to conceal his Jacobite leanings or to replace his wife with a long-time mistress, Lord Grange banishes Rachel to a remote island exile, to an isolated life of hardship on St Kilda, where she can never be found. This is the gripping story of a woman who has until now been remembered mostly by her husband’s unflattering account. It’s a remarkable tale of how the real Lady Grange may have coped with such a dramatic fate, with courage and grace.

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