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Largie Castle : a rifled nest

Gladstone, Mary2017
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Born in a castle, sharing rooms with the pagan Broonie and the Archbishop, and, though a second son, destined to inherit an ancient Scottish name and a large property, influenced by his Crabbe and Lockhart ancestors, trained to be an effective agent of Empire through his classical, sporting education, which included Oxford University, where he rowed, flew and became a student of history, Angus Macdonald looked forward to a bright future. He joined the Argylls and embarked on a military career that put him on the front line in Malaya, in WW2, as Chief of Staff to various Commanders, where he lived in tents, out-ran tanks in his baby Fiat, and escaped, only to die at sea in unknown circumstances. Sixty years later, his niece Mary Gladstone sets out to retrace his life to find out why her uncle’s mysterious death had so deeply affected her family. With scant evidence due to Angus’s restraint and love of solitude, Mary succeeds in this tour de force, of giving her uncle a living place in the British narrative.
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California Firefall Media, 2017
346 p. ; 23 cm
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