Blood on the Thistle

By Stuart Pearson, Robert Mitchell

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  • Publication Date: 2 Jun 2014
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • Imprint: John Blake Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781782199069
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ISBN: 9781784180751
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Blood on the Thistle is the examination of the life and times of a remarkable Scottish family, the Cranstons of Haddington, East Lothian. It focuses on a period from about 1880, when the young, hard-working parents, Alec and Lizzy Cranston, arrived in Haddington, through to 1920, when the family they had produced had been torn apart by the effects of the Great War and broke up as its surviving members pursued seperate lives around the globe. Out of seven sons who served in the First World War, four died and two more were horrifically wounded; only one, the youngest, returned home physically unscathed. This book explores the effects of this extreme sacrifice on the sons themselves as well as the loved ones they left behind, especially their mother Lizzie, who mourned them for the rest of her days.

About the author

Stuart Pearson, after many varied careers through decades in law enforcement, education, government, and business, has finally found his calling in writing. He is the author of Bittersweet: The Memoir of a Chinese Indonesian Family in the Twentieth Century. Bob Mitchell trained as a psychiatric nurse in the late 1960s, and is now retired from his position as Senior Lecturer (Mental Health) at Napier University, Edinburgh. He is passionate about local and Scottish history, as well as being a regular performer of the works of Robert Burns. He writes both rhyme and prose, and has performed in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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