Good news if you, or someone you know, is a Robertson, or a descendent of one. The Robertsons: Clan Donnachaidh in Atholl has just come back into print. It’s a meticulously researched history of the clan written by its current chief, James Irvine Robertson.
The clan includes Duncans and Reids in addition to Robertsons.
You can read extracts from the book here on the Clan Donnachaidh website if you want to gen up on the clan background (you can also join the Clan Donnachaidh Society from the site.) And if you happen to be driving on the A9, it’s worth dropping into the Clan Donnachaidh Gift Shop & Clan Museum on the same site as House of Bruar. (The gift shop stocks The Robertsons.)
If that’s not enough Robertsoning for you, you can read all about The Poet Chief: Alexander Robertson, 13th Struan, 1670-1749, who fought in the Jacobite uprisings. (Also available in the gift shop.)
And if you want to follow the Jacobite connection a further step, we recommend Sean Damer’s excellent book that explodes the myth around the events about which the famed Skye Boat Song was written. For the Good of the Cause provides a fascinating insight into the main characters, particularly Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora MacDonald.
The Robertsons: Clan Donnachaidh in Atholl, by James Irvine Robertson, ISBN 9781904440635, 235x155mm pbk, 110 pages, RRP: £9.99
The Poet Chief: Alexander Robertson, 13th Struan, by James Irvine Robertson, 1670-1749, ISBN 9781906775275, 235x155mm, 178 pages, RRP £11.99
For the Good of the Cause, by Seàn Damer, ISBN 9781905537624, 198x127mm, 120 pages, RRP £6.99