The ninth Earl Marischal is dead and his two sons are exiled to the continent following their part in the 1715 Jacobite rebellion. James Keith, the younger brother, penniless and in search of new direction, begins an incredible rise through Russian military ranks to become de facto Viceroy of Finland, the Governor of Berlin, and eventually a highly respected Field Marshal in the Prussian Army and confidant of Frederick the Great.
‘The Stone Ermine’ is a fascinating study of power, political intrigue and the far-reaching consequences of capricious and self-serving attitudes among those in positions of authority in 18th Century Europe.
As well as teaching English in the UK, Portugal, Italy and South Africa, Alice Elder has had poems published in The Scots Magazine and The Fireside Book. In 2008 (at the tender age of 83), she published a children’s book, The Cats of Catterness, which she had written for her five grandchildren.
Her keen interest in history has led her to research the lives of striking and influential figures such as Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, Grigory Potemkin and Georgiana Molloy of Busselton, Western Australia. Her greatest passion, however, has always been for James and George Keith not only because of their fascinating lives but also as a result of their close association with Dunnottar Castle, which is located a mile from her home on the outskirts of Stonehaven.