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Daughters of the North

Jean Gordon and Mary, Queen of Scots

Jennifer Morag Henderson

Daughters of the North by Jennifer Morag Henderson

Longlisted for the Highland Book Prize 2022

Mary, Queen of Scots’ marriage to the Earl of Bothwell is notorious. Less known is Bothwell’s first wife, Jean Gordon, who extricated herself from their marriage and survived the intrigue of the Queen’s court.

Daughters of the North reframes this turbulent period in history by focusing on Jean, who became Countess of Sutherland: the most powerful woman in the north.

RRP: £24.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781913207755
Publication Date: 17/03/2022
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Jennifer Morag Henderson
Jennifer Morag Henderson has had articles, short stories and poems published in magazines and anthologies, including Riptide (Two Ravens Press), Northwords Now, The Dalhousie Review, Gutter, by the BBC and...



The Herald

‘Deeply researched and detailed... Of considerable interest, much of it wholly new to me.’

Allan Massie, The Scotsman

‘Involving and satisfying.’

Sarah Fraser

‘A sweeping yet intricately researched tale of 16th century Scotland.’

S.G. MacLean

‘An intriguing insight into how resourceful women in 16th century Scotland had to be in order to survive.’

Sue Lawrence


The Herald

‘Jennifer Morag Henderson reveals Jean’s extraordinary life in her deeply-researched new book’

Press & Journal

‘An absolute treat and makes for riveting reading... Henderson has to be applauded for bringing this biography to life.’

Marie Stuart Society Journal