Abigail Leskey lives with her family in Maine. She
attends a nondenominational Christian church, and is a member of the
Society of William Wallace. Abigail likes reading (especially about
Scotland), writing, cooking, waving her sword around in the back yard,
target practicing with a rife, and antiquing.
Leskey is a shortened form of an extensive Slavic surname
of uncertain spelling. Great Grandpa Franciscum Leskovienski found his
name cumbersome, and changed it to Frank Leskey.
Most of Abigailís Scottish ancestors are on her motherís
side. Some of the more recent surnames include Knox, Forrester, Fraser,
MacBrayer, Patton, Grant, Graham, and Mcgehee, which may originally have
As a small baby, Abigail screamed nocturnal war cries
with her hair all standing on end about her red little face. But it was
not until she was quite a bit older that she became interested in
Scotland. She read The Lady of the Lake, attempted Rob Roy,
and read In Freedomís Cause (about Wallace and Bruce) into a
state of decrepitude. She attempted to make her siblings into a clan.
Then, later, her mother began discovering ancestors in
Scotland. Abigail, to her delight and occasional dismay, discovered that
a great many of the people in the Scottish war of Independence were her
ancestors. She read The Scottish Chiefs, and all her old interest
in Scotland revived, and grew greater--if that were possible.
First she attempted to write a history of the Scottish
war of Independence, but then modified that to a biography of Sir
William Wallace. This she did write (but did not try to publish); but
what with conflicting sources, she finally used much of the material she
had gathered and wrote Sir Williamís Man for