The 18th Century Letter Seals of Lord Pitsligo

Eighteenth Century Letter Seals

Those are the beautiful letter seals of Lord Pitsligo, a man I have written about before:

letter seals

His forward thinking ways inspired aspects of the Laird in THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, and a similar set of letter seals feature in FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE.

Letter Seals Quote from FIREFLIES:

Excerpt from FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE featuring letter seals.


The seals were shown to me by a direct descendant of Lord Pitsligo while I was researching FIREFLIES. I got to hold them and turn them on their hinges, which was wonderfully informative and exciting. It was great to connect to the time of the book like that too.

Label on Lord Pitsligo's letter seals

The Book

Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair, out 2021

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the kidnapped children and young people of Aberdeen. The story follows the adventures of Elizabeth Manteith from the castle, and her determined efforts to get back home. There’s love. There’s derring-dos on the high seas… And there’s chocolate!

See the publisher’s Press Release here

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“Filled with excitement and suspense…” Historical Novel Society Editor’s Pick

Jacobite wine glasses at Culloden visitor centre
More research: Jacobite symbolism on wine glasses at Culloden


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35 Replies to “The 18th Century Letter Seals of Lord Pitsligo”

  1. Your photographs are wonderful. Living in NZ for 50 years now and I still miss the historical depths that you writing reminds me of.

  2. Hi Ailish, just wanted to say I downloaded the Mermaid and the Bear after reading this post, and just finished it – loved it! It was lovely to read such a sad beautiful but hopeful fairytale – thanks so much. You brought a part of history alive for me. I’m looking forward to Fireflies and Chocolate! X

  3. It’s so cool to see things that inspire writers! I have added The Mermaid and the bear to my reading list, and very much look forward to reading it.

  4. Hi Aliish, I’m not really into reading novels, but ones written around events in history I do occasionally read. I downloaded your new book ‘Fireflies and Chocolate’ at the weekend, and must say it is a superb story masterly put together! What a lot of research you have put into it, to be honest I found it hard to put down! Now my wife is reading it! I would heartily recommend it. Thanks for a great read.

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