Historical novels by Nigel Tranter set after 1603

Nigel Tranter is a Scottish author who wrote many novels based on actual historical events and characters.

This page includes those of his historical novels set in Scotland after the Union of the Crowns in 1603, when James VI of Scotland inherited the throne of England upon the death of his cousin Elizabeth I.

For historical novels set earlier than this see Historical novels by Nigel Tranter set before 1286 or Historical novels by Nigel Tranter set between 1286 and 1603.

For other books by Nigel Tranter, see here.

List of books in chronological order

The Wisest Fool (1974)

16031611 James VI

Poetic Justice (1996)

1611-17 William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling

Unicorn Rampant (1984)

16171619 John Stewart of Methven, illegitimate son of Ludovic Stewart, 2nd Duke of Lennox

Mail Royal (1989)

1621 David Gray

Montrose omnibus

Originally published separately, then republished in one volume as Montrose.

The Young Montrose (1972)

Set during 16361645, the book tells the story of James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose during the turbulent years of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, from his first meeting with Charles I up to the Battle of Inverlochy in 1645.

Montrose: The Captain-General (1973)

Continues the story of James Graham from 16451650, from the aftermath of the Battle of Inverlochy until his death in 1650.

Honours Even (1995)


Triple Alliance(2001)


The Patriot (1982)

16781707 Andrew Fletcher

MacGregor trilogy

MacGregor's Gathering (1957)


The central character is Glun Dubh, a nephew of Rob Roy MacGregor, although Rob Roy himself plays an important role. It covers events around the Union of Parliaments in 1707 and the abortive Jacobite invasion of 1708.

The Clansman (1959)


Gold for Prince Charlie (1972)


Collin Joseph MacGregor

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