The Moss of Cree, A Scottish Childhood

In June, my memoir, ‘The Moss of Cree, A Scottish Childhood’, will be published by Firefallmedia in its “Highland Sea” series after the success last year of ‘Largie Castle, a Rifled Nest’, which was featured in ‘Scotland Magazine’ and serialised in The Courier (Dundee) from 15 May - 15 September.

‘The Moss of Cree, a Scottish Childhood’, set in the 50s and 60s, is about my early life on a dairy farm situated close to the banks of Wigtownshire’s River Cree, not far from Newton Stewart and Wigtown.

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Largie Castle, A Rifled Nest

Mary C. Gladstone

“A Scottish Downton Abbey” - Maureen Hodge

by Firefallmedia:

Non-fiction: history, biography

After escaping from Singapore during WW2, Angus Macdonald drowned, when his transport was torpedoed by the Japanese. All the British witnesses but one also died, some cannibalized by the other few survivors. Reports of Angus’s death caused a generation of family silence. As his niece, I revisit his life, from his birth at Largie, the family home on Argyll’s Kintyre peninsula, to his death in the Indian Ocean and find that he died twice, once in fact, and again in the press, slandered by a jackal.

Trained as an effective agent of Empire through his classical, sporting education, which included Oxford University, where he rowed, flew and read Modern History, Angus looked forward to a bright future. He joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 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 uncertain circumstances.

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