Rodney Hughes has published his third novel which is interwoven with the battles of the clan MacKay both before and after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Rodney explains that “during the research of my family History on my father’s side, whose mother’s maiden name was Mackay, motivated me to write my third novel which I have titled. Broadsword. The favoured weapon of the Scottish Highlander during the 18th century”.
1745 and George Charles MacKay had just returned to Scotland from fighting the Spanish in the protection of the new State of Georgia with the 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot. The soldiers for this regiment were enlisted in Inverness Scotland by a General Oglethorpe, who was later appointed governor of Georgia by the English Parliament.
In despair George had signed forms to join this regiment and travel to the America’s after the parents of the girl with whom he had fallen in love, had instructed their daughter to finish their relationship.
He had returned in time to bury his father and elder brother, leader and next in line to the Clan MacKay, both had been assassinated.
Even though he did not want or relish the position, he felt duty bound as tradition demanded to accept the Chieftainship of the clan Mackay.
Under pressure from his followers he formulated a plan to wreak revenge on his neighbouring clan the Sutherlands, the perpetrators of that dastardly deed.
But the year was 1745 and dark clouds of unrest were spreading over the country of Scotland, and both clan and family loyalties would be stretched to the limit as Charles Edward Stuart, [known as Bonnie Prince Charlie] landed at Glenfinnan and raised his Royal standard. Gathering around him a Jacobite army he laid claim to the English Crown, throwing the country headlong into a Civil War.
A limited number of signed copies of Broadsword are available to buy at the Strathnaver Museum.