Alex Mackenzie was a Scottish lad born in 1754 in the Scottish lowlands on the border between Scotland and England. Alex, his father, and his two older brothers were members of the last band of Reivers (outlaws) that operated along the border. A few years before the start of the American Revolutionary War, Alex ran afoul of the British authorities; they were on his trail and wanted him dead. His only alternative was to leave Scotland for Ireland and then from there to sail to America. The colonies in America were supposed to be a place where people could get a new start in life and explore new opportunities. America was supposed to be a place where people could put down stakes and put old feuds behind them, or was it?
“Och, that tears it; it’s all gang agley” said Alex’s father. “Ye are going to hae to set aff from Scotland for a wee bit, Alex, laddie.”
“Where should I go?”
“Ireland,” said John. “Ye can find wark at the Plantation of Ulster and get back on yer feet there. Ye might hae t’ stay in Ireland quite a spell until this all blows oer.”
“How am I going to get there?”
“Weel,” Hugh chimed in, “the distance from Scotland to Ireland is less than fourteen miles at the closest point, we can probably swim o’er there, just like swimming across a loch,” said Hugh with a grin and a gleam in his eye.
“We,” said Alex. “Who invited you along?”
“Ye don’t think Robber and I would let ye go o’er the Sheuch alane, do ye, laddie?” replied Hugh.
About the Author
Robert Gourley’s first published book was a technical college text book that was published in the 1970s by Prentice Hall. Kings Pinnacle is his first work of fiction and is loosely based on the life of his great, great, great grandfather, Captain Thomas Gourley who was an Overmountain Man and fought several battles in the north and in the south during the Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Kings Mountain.
Robert lives with his wife of over 35 years, Nancy, in Frisco, Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you enjoy learning your history is easy to understand bites this is a super read. Those of us who live in the mountains of the Carolinas find interesting bits of information that we may already have studied but this puts it in a novel that is a pleasure to read. I would suggest that it is suitable for teenagers who need a dose of American History to pass their tests--the romance is mild enough for your great-grandma and she will like it too.