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
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.