On this day….
2000 – Nigel Tranter OBE, Scottish historian and author died.
Nigel was a skilled writer and creative in many genres including Historical Fiction, adventure, westerns and children’s literature. He also wrote many non-fiction books on Scottish History, Architecture and Travel.
He published his first book at the young age of 25! An amazing achievement.
Although his first fictional novel was rejected by publishers, a second fictional novel was written and soon accepted. The Queen’s Grace (1953) was his first novel to focus on an historical character (in this case, Mary, Queen of Scots), although it contained a high fictional content. Two trilogies followed: the MacGregor Trilogy (1957–1962) and the Master of Gray Trilogy (1961–1965). By this time, Tranter was well established as a writer of serious historical fiction. The fictional content decreased as he became more experienced, and his later novels were almost entirely composed around the historical record. These novels have gained a wide readership while providing a basic grounding in Scottish history to their readers.
From 1935 to 2000 he wrote about 140 books in total.
I think the story of his life, particularly the variety of his writing and the volume of work he managed to produce in a lifetime, is an inspiration to us all.