Scotland has experienced a long and tumultuous history. It is believed that the first hunter-gatherers arrived in Scotland around 12,800 years ago, but the first recorded history comes from the Romans. Since the Wars for Scottish Independence the Scots have fought for self-rule from England. This book focuses on that struggle in the years of primarily the 16th century.
(Ruins of Hume Castle)
“Lions of Scotland” focuses on the Hume family in Scotland during the Scotland-England love-hate relationship in mostly the 1500’s. This book is split into 2 parts: part 1 about Alexander “Alec” Lord Hume, who is focused on from around the 1490’s to 1516, and part 2 about his nephew, also named Alexander “Alec” Hume, who is focused on from around 1517 to 1575.
I must admit that I absolutely loved this book. It, even at 700 pages, kept the story going with great excitement. This book is important for any historian/history buff (especially those who love the Tudor Age) even though it is fiction because all the characters, (except 2), the events, and emotions are all historically accurate. Character appearances include Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Guy Fawkes, the Grey family (of Lady Jane Grey fame), and many others. “Lions of Scotland” leads us on a journey involving the instability, beheadings, desperation for heirs, and other famous events, all ramifications of the bloody and savage Battle of Flodden between England and Scotland. We see love and hate, marriage and heartbreak, extreme desire for heirs and usurpations, and how these can all haunt a people for a very long time. “Lions of Scotland” is extremely well-researched and well-written and is an important piece that should take its place as the primary story of the Scots in the 16th century.
Thomas Greenlaw-Author of “Lions of Scotland”
Born in Scotland, with Scottish and Irish forefathers, the author has worked in various professions ranging from designing to manufacturing, accounting to publishing, and has interests extending from music to philosophy, art to quantum mechanics.He began writing at the age of 10, after the death of his father, with a four-verse poem. He earned a certificate of merit from the Burns Federation. At 18, he emigrated to Canada to work as a clerk, but continued to write poems, songs, letters to the editor, articles, short stories and an eclectic range of books both fiction and nonfiction.
He has won numerous publishing awards, including Canadian FORUM “gold” awards and APEX awards (an American-based international award) for publication excellence. One of his prizewinning publications was a full-color bimonthly Ontario publication called “WIN Magazine,” whose production ran to 600,000 copies. His last acclaimed article was “Shalt Thou Not Kill ?” published in the “Humanist in Canada.”
He returned frequently to Scotland, where he met Lord Home a.k.a. Sir Alec Douglas Home, pronounced “Hume,” the former Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister of Great Britain. It was during these discussions that the Hume/ Home ancestry came to the fore. It is no coincidence that he went on to write the saga, Lions of Scotland (Lords of Hume Castle) which depicts Lord Home’s most colourful early ancestors. This work comes in two volumes: the first entitled Ghosts of Flodden covers the events leading up to the Battle of Flodden, the battle itself and the immediate aftermath. The sequel, The Knights of Edinburgh Castle follows the life of the fifth Lord Hume in his many loves, his fight to retain his ancestral holdings, and his resistance to the Reformation.
An abridged version of Lions of Scotland entitled The Last Tears of Scotland is available in paperback.
Currently, he resides with his wife in London, Ontario.