The Vanished Days is a historical novel following the life of a young Scots woman from 1683 to 1707. A deeply turbulent era politically, this time period saw the ordinary lives of everyday citizens upended as everyone was affected by the machinations of the great men who were desperately vying for power.
Queen Anne’s commissioners have been paying the back wages of those who participated in Scotland’s disastrous Darien expedition eight years earlier. A scheme to set up a colony in what is now Panama and establish an overland route to connect the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean trades, the endeavor failed due to stratagems and hostility from the English and Spanish which all but bankrupted Scotland. The belated payments to the families are a panacea which the Crown hopes will encourage peace among the restless and dissatisfied Scottish citizenry.
However, some have seen the commission’s payments as an opportunity, and submitted fraudulent petitions. Lily Graeme née Aitcheson might just be one […]