Welcome home Prime Minister

cameron-book-cover-invite-3I worked as a duty officer at 10 Downing Street between 1983 and 1985, a junior civil servant with the privilege of being a small cog at the centre of government during part of the controversial premiership of Margaret Thatcher. From tea for Tutu to being held at gunpoint in Moscow, this was a fascinating, rewarding and sometimes frightening experience.

In October 1984 I was on duty during the weekend immediately following the Brighton bomb explosion and was the first person at Downing Street to greet the Prime Minister and Mr. Thatcher on their safe return from Brighton – ‘Welcome home, Prime Minister.’

There are many political autobiographies and biographies of this important period in Britain’s history. My book provides a personal insight from the perspective of a junior civil servant watching modern history in the making.

Rooted in Scotland

Rooted 2nd editionDuring my work on ancestral tourism I have had many conversations with people of Scottish ancestry and I am always struck by their strong sense of ‘rootedness’ to their ancestral homeland, and the variety of ways in which they choose to explore this.

Inspired by them, and by the journal my grandfather wrote about his own emigration journey, I wrote Rooted in Scotland: getting to the heart of your Scottish heritage. The book, published by the Luath Press, is being revised ready for its second edition. It explains why it is important to explore your heritage and introduces ways in which you can begin your personal journey of discovery.

The book includes lots of web site addresses and for ease of reference they are provided here also.

On the trail of the real Macbeth

otto_macbeth_new_edWhen Alistair Murray and I undertook our King Macbeth project, the one thing we would have found really useful was a book about the real Macbeth. So we decided to write one and the result, On the trail of the real Macbeth, King of Alba, is now in its second edition, published by the Luath Press.

The book uses the rather fragmentary surviving evidence to describe the life and times of this misunderstood King, a much better man than Shakespeare would have us believe. We include a touring itinerary for you to follow and explore the landscapes and places where the real story took place.

Shhh….top secret projects

Other projects in the pipeline involve the Picts, the Jacobites and the Wolf of Badenoch. Not all in the same room together of course!


2 thoughts on “Writing

  1. Hi Cameron,
    I wondered if you could give some tips.
    I’m planning a real MacBeth tour for our family. It will be for my Dad’s 80th birthday. Also I will take my sons age 8 and 10 and my Dad’s brother.
    We stay in Inverness. I was thinking of a night in Perth and another night at the MacBeth Arms in Lumphanan.
    Driving to Perth Friday morning. Home Sunday night.
    I’m trying to plan 2 or 3 things to do each day that would suit all of us. Something like a trip to Brodie Castle and a walk to MacBeth’s hillock would be great as I know there is a play park there and we all enjoy a wee walk.
    Any tips would be appreciated.

    • Thanks for getting in touch, Alan, and I wish you luck on your adventure following in your illustrious namesake’s footsteps. Our book, on the Trail of the real Macbeth, includes a touring itinerary in it, though it extends over more days than you have available so here is an overview of a condensed itinerary –
      Friday morning drive Inverness to Forres via Cawdor. Visit Cawdor en route. Macbeth’s Hillock, Brodie Castle, Sueno’s Stone and Grant Park (where there was a hill fort in Macbeth’s time) in Forres. Drive to Perth via Grantown on Spey. Overnight Perth.
      Saturday visit Scone, the traditional inauguration place of Kings of Alba, Dunsinane Hill (great for your boys but a steep walk for your dad) and Birnam Wood. Drive north to Lumphanan. The route is probably the same one Macbeth took when he retreated from Dunsinane. Overnight Lumphanan.
      Sunday explore Macbeth-related locations in Lumphanan, including the stone where legend has it Macbeth was executed. Then drive to Pitgaveney near Elgin, where Macbeth defeated Duncan to clear the way to become King of Alba. If the weather is reasonable, a visit to Burghead and to Roseisle beach will let your boys burn off some energy. And so home to Inverness!
      All the best

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