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Dingwall bookshop Picaresque Books plays host to Jacobite warriors for launch of author Barbara Henderson's new novel


By Gregor White

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Steve MacLennan and his Highlanders for Hire joined forces with Dingwall's Picaresque Books and author Barbara Henderson.
Steve MacLennan and his Highlanders for Hire joined forces with Dingwall's Picaresque Books and author Barbara Henderson.

Re-enactors were the stars of the show at the launch of The Reluctant Rebel.

Young visitors were also able to step back in time on Saturday by trying beremeal bannocks – the staple diet of the Jacobites – making their own white ribbon cockades, the sign of supporting the Jacobites, and even trying on some period costumes.

Book-lovers had the chance to try out Jacobite trappings as well.
Book-lovers had the chance to try out Jacobite trappings as well.

The author said: "When David [Duguid, owner of Picaresque Books] and I talked about running an event here to launch The Reluctant Rebel, we thought of a drop-in book signing, and perhaps some crafty activity like making Jacobite white cockades.

Stepping back in time with author Barbara Henderson.
Stepping back in time with author Barbara Henderson.

"I thought he was joking when he said he'd asked historical re-enactors to join us on the day! What a stroke of genius!

"All the kids really enjoyed the activities, I think, and that's the main thing!"


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