About Me

Well may you wonder what an Australian woman is doing writing about Scottish history. As a part of the many voluntary migrations of Scots seeking the dream of a new life, my Scottish kin came from Fife in the early 1900’s to Australia; to great hardship, as it happened, but they succeeded, in the end, transforming a rough bush block into a productive orchard in a small fruit-growing area. This mountainous region offered seasonal change and a cool climate more suited to those from northern climes. Two decades ago, my family sought relief from the coastal heat and humidity and we bought an old farmhouse with glorious views over the border ranges. My sons are grown now and follow their own paths whilst my husband and I live happily in our mountain kingdom with a wealth of Australian wildlife.

During my childhood, my grandmother lived with us. Memories of her singing the songs of the old country remain with me to this day. A chance letter by my mother to the editor of the Dunfermline Press led to establishing links with long lost family in Scotland. Three generations later, our families are closer than ever. Scotland has become my spiritual home, especially after living and working in Edinburgh with my family, and many subsequent visits.

Over the past decade, my passion for Scottish medieval history has flourished, providing a solid foundation of research for this story. Orkney holds a special place in my heart; its unique history and folklore have enriched my life. More recently, visits to Norway to research this tale brought me to a new understanding of how Britain and Scandinavia are linked indelibly.

Sadly, I am not an historian. However, as a retired clinical social worker, I am and always will be a student of human behaviour. What motivates and drives us to do what we do remains the same, whether we live in the twenty first or the thirteenth century.

I have a great respect for the characters and their experiences and a humble, but sincere desire to see their story told.

Jeanette Harvey


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15 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Robert says:

    Did Robert Have a sister called Margaret? I can find little info about her.

    • diaspora52 says:

      Thanks Robert. That’s a good question because there is conjecture about the number of sisters Robert had and their names. Given that, I chose to follow Burke’s Peerage and Gentry which I believe is an authoritative source. Margaret is listed as his youngest sister. She is recorded as marrying Sir William de Carlyle. Robert also had a daughter called Margaret who married the 5th earl of Sutherland. Hope this answers your query.

  2. Bob says:

    I have done a lot of research on Robert’s siblings on the net. He had sisters called Christina, Mary, Matilda (Maude), and Margaret. I understand he may have had two others called Elizabeth and Marjorie. There seems to be a few errors on the net. For example Mary it is said had children during her period of imprisonment in England (1306-1314) I think they got her mixed up with Matilda who was sometimes called Mary.

    • diaspora52 says:

      Hi Bob! It is confusing and the information on the net is often unreliable. Burke’s Peerage and Gentry states Robert had five sisters; Isabel, Christina, Mary, Mathilda (sometimes referred to as Maude) and Margaret. His mother and first wife, and her daughter, were all called Marjory. Robert also had 2 daughters, Mathilda and Margaret, as well as his son, David. Mary married Neil Campbell after her release and had one child to him. She married again after Neil’s death. I think it would be highly unlikely that she had children during her imprisonment, four of which were spent in a cage. My main source for Robert’s life is GSW Barrow. Confusion can easily arise with the same family names in use for different generations. Best wishes.

  3. Bob says:

    I forgot about Isabella, another one of Robert’s sisters. She married King Eric 11 of Norway. sometime during the 1290s

  4. I love your blog. It’s very interesting. I’m about to publish something I think you may enjoy. Check back tomorrow (afternoon or evening for you) 🙂

  5. ritaroberts says:

    Hi there, I love reading your posts they are so interesting. Its really good to research into family history. I have done this myself and found it most rewarding.

    • diaspora52 says:

      Hello Rita! Thanks for your interest and support. Once you discover an interest in your family tree it usually becomes a passion. It did for me – and you by the sound of it!

  6. Thanks for connecting on my blog, Jeanette. Love the sound of your novel, Sisters of the Bruce.

  7. […] Harvey, an Australian author, informed us on her website SistersOfTheBruce that she has come into direct contact with one of the spirits of the […]

  8. Hello, Jeanette, if you’d ever like to guest post on my Scottish history blog, with links to your books, I’d be very happy to have you. I also write about the time of the Bruce. http://bluebellstrilogy.blogspot.com


    • diaspora52 says:

      Lovely to hear from you Laura! Thank you for visiting my blog and your generous offer for me to do a guest post on your blog. Happy to discuss further. Warm wishes Jeanette

      • I don’t see a way to contact you other than here, but you can send me a private message at twitter @lauravosika or find me at facebook quite easily.

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