There is no clear introduction to either of the books combined into this single slim volume. They appear to be a collection of information about the individual supporters of the Jacobite cause from the northeast of Scotland. The northeast was a conservative area with largely Episcopalian landowners which did maintain its allegiance to the House of Stuart. Some of these supporters were reluctant, being forced to action by their feudal superiors. In 1745, many more claimed to have been forced out in an attempt to regain their freedom after Culloden. The biographical descriptions do sometimes provide graphic descriptions of the suffering endured by those who were in hiding after the battle, and those who were captured, imprisoned, executed or transported.
One example is: "Isobel Chalmers, Born 1722, knitter of Aberdeen of The Means. 5ft 7 ins. Black hair, tall and slender. Followed Glengarry's Regiment, taken at Carlisle. Transported 5 May 1747 from Liverpool to Leeward Islands in Veteran, but the ship was attacked off Antigua by a French privateer from Martinique. The Governor of Martinique refused English demands to hand the prisoners back, and granted the request of 10 to be sent to France possibly to negotiate for others."
If you have ancestors in Northeast Scotland during this time period its worth a look here as the descriptions can be very helpful.
Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.4 no.3, 1997