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The Stewart Earls of Orkney
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John Donald
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19 August 2012
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The Stewart Earls of Orkney

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For almost a century the islands of Orkney and Shetland were under the rule of the Stewart earls, father and son, a rule remarkable for its infamous reputation in island history. Robert Stewart was an illegitimate son of James V, king of Scots, who seized power in Orkney in the 1560s and was created earl of Shetland in 1581. Robert’s son was the extraordinary and ill-starred Earl Patrick, ‘Black Patie’, whose execution for treason in 1615 brought the era to a close. This book has its foundations in two previous books by Peter Anderson, one on each character. This new book builds on more recent work by the author and by other historians of Orkney and Shetland working in a field which attracts a strong popular island readership as well as an academic one.

Peter Anderson spent his early childhood in Orkney, He graduated in Medieval History from the University of St Andrews and gained a PhD in Scottish Historical Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Formerly deputy keeper at the National Archives of Scotland, he is now retired and lives in Linlithgow.

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