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This account of William Kirkpatrick of Malaga reveals for the first time a remarkable man only occasionally mentioned in the numerous biographies of his famous granddaughter, the Empress Eugenie. As United States Consul in Malaga between 1800 and 1817, William Kirkpatrick was a strong advocate of the US Navy's role in combating the Barbary Corsairs. His Consular work, business enterprises and extensive European and American connections are explored using new sources. These show that the Kirkpatrick's of Dumfriesshire who settled in Spain in the 1730s were an enterprising family of international merchants. Allied with similar families from across Europe, the Kirkpatrick's revolutionised trade and industry in southern Spain and even had a hand in introducing grapevines to Australia. The Kirkpatrick family received wide attention when Eugenie, aided by her mother the formidable Maria Manuela, Countess de Montijo, made a spectacular marriage to Napoleon III and became Empress Regent of France, a confidante of Queen Victoria, and an iconic figure in 19th Century Europe.Purchase from Amazon.com

Originally written for private distribution in 1954, this account of the Closeburn Kirkpatricks was, the author says,"a story that needed to be told." The Kirkpatricks of Closeburn, in Dumfries-shire, Scotland, trace their family back to Ivone, who witnessed a Charter for Robert Brus (or Bruce), first Lord of Annandale.Roger 'mak siccar ' Kirkpatrick was a close associate of the later Robert Bruce, who became King of Scotland.The family's connections extend through the Isle of Wight to France and Spain.Purchase from Amazon.com