Peter Williamson: The diehard Scot

In the latest instalment of our series profiling remarkable yet unheralded characters from history, Douglas Skelton introduces a man who survived shipwrecks, kidnap, war with the French and capture by Native Americans to make waves in 18th-century Edinburgh

An illustration of Peter Williamson

This article was first published in the May 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

He waited until the hunting party was asleep before he made his move. He had been their captive since they attacked and burned out his Pennsylvania farm three months earlier, in October 1754. His life was on a knife edge so when he saw his chance, he took it.

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