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White Stag to Queens Pawn Martin MacDowall

White Stag to Queens Pawn

Martin MacDowall

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White Stag to Queen’s PawnIt is 1993 and Charles Edward Stuart is the leader of the newly formed Scottish Republican Party. Excitement builds in Scotland when the press is made aware of a genealogical tie between Charles and his namesake the YoungMoreWhite Stag to Queen’s PawnIt is 1993 and Charles Edward Stuart is the leader of the newly formed Scottish Republican Party. Excitement builds in Scotland when the press is made aware of a genealogical tie between Charles and his namesake the Young Pretender of 1745 rebellion fame. As a descendant of Bonnie Prince Charlie the young Charles could claim legitimate title to the Crown of the United Kingdom.A series of dramatic events suddenly turn Charles’s life inside-out when he discovers that Eilid* Stuart is not his mother and that he was born in the United States and is a US Citizen.The arc of the story takes the reader from 1937 through to 1993 and encompasses events in the United States and in Scotland affecting the lives of the Stuarts in Scotland and the Ericssons in the US.Catriona Stuart, Eilid’s mother, has a dalliance with the Laird’s son Alisdair Ballantyne. Eilid is the offspring of their night together and her life is described in detail from her childhood to teenage years where she lives on Laird’s Estate in the West Highlands of Scotland. Angus Stuart is the Laird’s deer stalker, a highly regarded profession in Scotland, who has no reason to believe Eilid is not his. Eilid grows up to be tall, blond, extremely attractive and deadly with a rifle. With the discovery by Angus Stuart just after Eilid’s eighteenth birthday that she is the Laird’s son’s bastard the family disintegrates. Eilid moves farther north to the hills of Torridon and, at the age of twenty becomes the only female deer stalker in Scotland. In 1959 at the age of twenty-one she witnesses the crash of a Boeing Stratocruiser in a snow storm in remote Glen Torridon. She finds but one survivor, a baby boy, who was returning from London to the United States with his mother where he has had an operation to repair a hole in his heart. Eilid assumes the child has been orphaned and, because of her unfortunate experiences with men, decides to keep the boy and raise him as her own.The story takes the reader through Charles’s life roughly ten years at a time. Similarly it tracks the progress of ‘Red’ Ericsson, Charles’s true father and Charles’s twin brother Lance Ericsson ending in 1993 with the parties coming together.A Scottish investigator hired by Red Ericsson discovers, by way of good sleuthing and some luck, that Charles Stuart is in fact Jens Ericsson, Red’s missing son. The story of how Lance Ericsson tries to have his brother removed once he discovers that his twin is alive takes on an urgency as Red Ericsson moves to confront the abductor of his child and bring her to justice as well as re-associating himself with his son he considered dead for thirty-five years.*Eilid –(Ay-lid) Gaelic for a Hind