'I think it the best Scots romance since "The Master of Ballantrae",' - said John Buchan, when he read the first edition of "Flemington" in 1911. Violet Jacob's fifth novel is a tragic drama of the period around and following the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, tightly written, poetic in its symbolic intensity, leavened by flashes of humour. "Flemington" is set in and around Montrose on the east coast of Scotland. Although she spent much of her life outside Scotland, Violet Jacob had family connections with the area, and especially with the House of Dun, which stands to the north of the Montrose Basin and figures, as the House of Balnillo, in key scenes of the novel. One of her ancestors, David Erskine, the thirteenth Laird of Dun, is the model for Lord Balnillo in the novel. This is not, however, a dry historical reconstruction but a story of action and intrigue, in which powerful characters are driven against each other by the political turmoil of their times.
Dr Carol Anderson of the Department of Scottish Literature of the University of Glasgow, an expert on Violet Jacob and other twentieth-century women writers, provides an introduction drawing attention to the literary qualities of the text and full explanatory notes for this new edition of a novel which has been too long out of print.