John Prebble’s ‘other woman’ lifts lid on affair

AS THE author of masterly studies of Culloden, the Highland Clearances and the Glencoe massacre, John Prebble won acclaim for his long and lingering love affair with Scottish history.

John and Jan Prebble after they were married. Picture: Complimentary
John and Jan Prebble after they were married. Picture: Complimentary

What is less well known is that his passion for Scotland was more than matched by a secret extramarital affair that lasted for more than four decades.

Details of the late historian’s secret love life have been revealed for the first time by his long-standing mistress – later his wife – in a book that describes their illicit liaisons, many of which took place on trips to the Highlands to research his books.