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From: Joan La Grone <>
Subject: [EDM] Edmonstone Chronicles
Date: Sat, 03 Apr 2004 12:29:43 -0700
The printer has promised to have the postcards with Sir James Edmonstone
ready in two weeks. Sorry for the delays. HOWEVER, the wait has been
very worthwhile as I have received a wonderful introduction to the book
written by Lady Mary McGrigor, authoress and sister of Sir Archibald
Edmonstone, Baron of Duntreath, Scotland.
I am happy to share the following with you.
"This is a book which will be of enormous interest, not only to the
Edmonstones and their connections (Edmondson, Edmistons, etc.), but to
people of Scottish descent throughout the world.
Joan La Grone takes us back into the 14th century when, in the war of
Independence, King Robert the Bruce saved his country from the dominance
of English rule. Edmonstones of successive generations then served the
Scottish kings in various capacities. John Edmonstone of the senior line
of the family, for instance, being 'Keeper of the King's Silver to King
James IV. The King then appointed Sir William Edmonstone of Duntreath as
Captain of the castle of Doune in Perthshire.
Sir William's descendant, Sir James Edmonstone of Newton, ancestor of
the authoress, was a standarded bearer for the exciled King James VIII
(the Old Pretender) at the Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715. Shortly
aferwards he famously defeated Rob Roy MacGregor in a fight at the
market in Doune. Joan La Grone has been to the battlefield and she
recaptures the story so vividly that it leaps to the reader's mind. Her
book is a masterpiece of resconstruction and research which embraces
Scotland and Ireland and the United States of America. This is a family
history which covers a great span of history. It is not only informative
but is also enthralling to read." Lady Mary McGrigor, Argyll, Scotland.