Glossary for 1st of 12 book series – Some of the people, foods,
places and things mentioned in this glossary will be found in other books in
the series. Some will not. Some are merely mentioned in passing and have no
important part in the story, however, I included all characters, including
animals with names, into this glossary. Some will go on to be important in
future books, but since they aren’t yet, they’ve been listed in the minor
Angus Roderick McAllister
– Fiona’s Uncle – her father’s older brother – age 50, lives in Inveralba.
Light brown hair with gray, blue eyes. Lives in a croft in Inveralba with
his many cats. Carves things from wood and travels around UK selling them at
– 10 years old, brown eyes, dark brown hair, cousin to Fiona and Elspet.
– 10 years old, reddish hair and blue eyes, cousin to Fiona and Callum,
Fiona Isabella McAllister
– 11 years old, blonde hair, green eyes, lives in Inveralba and is a
descendant of King Kegan and King Dugan.
Mairi Anna Ferguson
Fiona’s mum, makes honey from heather and bluebell and thistle. Sells it in
the shops to tourists and also sends it off to Edinburgh and Glasgow. She
also is a good cook and works part time at McKenzie’s bakery in town. Age
35, brown hair and fern green eyes
– Descendant of King Dugan and Princess Isabella and owner of the necklace
stolen from King Kegan – Age 19. Son of Shardow Steele and Penelope
– Pretending to be the brother of Johnny. Is one of King Kegan’s 12 most
trusted men and he hid the 1st jewel, black obsidian, in Hydra,
Greece. He is from Arabia – so he has dark hair and eyes. Age 30
Johnny Thomson/ Alroy
Cathmore – Posing
as a tourist from London, come to Inveralba to fish and hunt – Age 37 – He
has light brown hair and brown eyes – his ancestry is Persian. King Kegan’s
scribe and author of the book the children found.
King Abbasan – King Kegan’s father, ruler of
Burill, did trade with many other nations, including the Vikings from
a Nok (Nigerian), 3rd wife of Rolfin. She came from area famous
for iron works and terra cotta. At her marriage she was 17 and Rolfin 26
Afton – Rolfin’s 9th wife
– a Celtic with red hair and blue eyes, from Ireland. She was 18 when
married and he was 43.
King Aluric – Father
of Queen Sarmantha, a Viking, King of Norway. Did trade with the Burillians
Ambar – Rolfin’s 7th wife,
a Scythian. Age 20 when married. He was 38.
Anat – Rolfin’s
11th wife from Alexandria, Egypt. She was 15 when married and he
Princess Anna – Daughter of King Kegan and
Queen Sarmantha, wife of Robert of Ferguson in Scotland and mother of Jorbi.
Also ancestor of Fiona and Mairi. 14 at time of capture by King Dugan. 15
when she gave birth to Jorbi.
– Father of Rolfin and Bartolf – lived in villa in Hadrumetum. Married to
Ib. Were not royalty, just rich. Rolfin and Bartolf didn’t proclaim
themselves kinds until they left Hadrumetum and established own kingdoms in
Zanaad and Burill.
King Bartolf – Evil
king, brother of Rolfin, who lived in Hadrumetum, near Carthage before
moving and setting up a new kingdom at Zanaad in North Africa. Had several
wives, Suraat, Jadaayil, Shuuriit, Majdal, (all of Phoenician descent); but
most of his children were born from his concubines.
Bettine – Rolfin’s 2nd wife,
a Frank. When married she was 19 and he was 23. She gave Rolfin his first
Gordon Bruce – Conductor at Inveralba Train
Carrina – Rolfin’s 8th
wife – an Etruscan from northern Italy. She was 20 when she married. He was
– Malcolm McAllister’s hunting dog, Scottish deerhound
– Malcolm McAllister’s hunting dog, Scottish deerhound
– Descendant of King Bartolf, evil king, who lived in Zanaad, North Africa.
Father of Ithgar and Jorbi (birth father).
– Proprietor of ‘It Makes Scents’ soap shop
Ian Ferguson – Mairi’s father
Heather Gow Ferguson
– Mairi’s mother
Queen Finna –
Mother of Queen Sarmantha and wife of King Aluric.
Griselda – Rolfin’s 5th wife
– Germanic with long blonde hair, blue eyes, his most beautiful wife. She
was 18 at time of marriage and he was 32.
4th wife – a Roman. She was 19 when married and Rolfin 29
Helena – Rolfin’s 12th
wife, a Spartan. She was 10 years old when she married him and he was 53.
Together they had 10 children.
Talon Hormdin – King Dugan’s scribe, wrote
book which Drayton has in possession.
Ib – Mother of Rolfin and Bartolf
and wife of Astaroth.
– Daughter of King Kegan, wife of Colin of Ferguson and mother of Ithgar. 16
at time of capture by King Dugan. 17 when she gave birth to Ithgar.
– Son of King Duncan and Princess Isabella. Never knew his mother. Raised to
be evil like his father in Zanaad, North Africa
– Bartolf’s 2nd wife. Phoenician
Jorbi – Son of King Duncan and
Princess Anna, but raised by Anna and the villager she married, Robert of
Ferguson. Never knew his true heritage
– Descendant of King Rolfin – good king, he lived in Burill on the Arabian
Peninsula and left, taking his family to Scotland and built Castle Athdara.
Father of Isabella, Anna, Cerdic, Gelis, Rayad and Gilian. Married to Queen
Sarmantha. Died at age 43. Son of King Abbasan and his wife, Queen Nadia.
– The rude waiter on Hydra
Auld Mr. Lamont
– Villager who boasts of grouse at Castle Athdara
– Rolfin’s wizard who made the orb, from Xilia
Lila – Rolfin’s 6th wife,
from Bharat/India – long dark hair and eyes. Age 21 when married and Rolfin
– One of Uncle Angus’s cats
Flora Anne MacDunnie
– Owns MacDunnie’s Tea Room
Majdal – Bartolf’s first wife,
– One of Uncle Angus’s cats – his favorite
Alastair Bruce McAllister
– Younger brother of Elspet, 3 years old, brown hair, brown eyes
Anne McGregor McAllister
– Callum’s mother - knits gloves and sweaters, uses Elspet’s mum’s wool and
sells the things she knits to tourists that pass through and stop in the
village shops. 36 years old, brown eyes, mousy brown hair
Kenneth McAllister’s and Angus McAllister’s mum and sister of Nellie and
Penelope, the 2nd of the 3 sisters, died several years ago. Aunt
of Drayton Steele.
Catriona McKenzie McAllister
– Elspet’s mother. She has a spinning wheel and spins wool from their
sheered sheep. Spins it into wool, cards it, and then she sells the wool to
knitters etc. She knits things for her own family Age 29, red hair, blue
Elsie Jean McAllister
– Runs McDougal’s B&B
Jamie Robert McAllister
– Elspet’s father. He herds sheep and a few highland cows. Age 32
Kenneth Duncan McAllister
– Fiona’s father,
died when she was a baby
Malcolm Keith McAllister
– Callum’s father – is a gillie. When people come to the highlands to shoot
grouse, partridge, or hunt a deer, or want to go fishing, he takes them and
shows them where the best places are. He has a few hounds that he uses to
scare out the grouse. He often brings home fish he’s caught in the loch and
streams for his family and also venison. Age 38, brown hair, brown eyes
Malcolm Andrew McAllister
– Younger brother of Elspet, 6 yrs old, red hair, blue eyes, also called Wee
Murdoch John McAllister – Callum’s younger brother, age 5, dark brown
hair, brown eyes
Nellie McAllister Crawford
– Fiona’s great aunt on her father’s side, age 72, sister to Catriona and
Penelope, oldest of the 3 sisters. Aunt of Drayton Steele. She had no
children. Her husband was Gavin Crawford.
Shona Maureen McAllister
– Callum’s sister, age 2, fair hair, brown eyes.
Queen Nadia –Mother
of King Kegan and wife of King Abbasan of Burill.
– The donkey owner on Hydra
Wizard Phelan - King Dugan’s evil wizard,
wizard of Xilia
– Rolfin’s first wife; Punic/Phoenician, both age 20 when married. She’s
bossy and jealous. She and Rolfin only had daughters.
– Owner of the original orb – good king, brother of Bartolf. Lived
originally in Hadrumetum, near Carthage, but fled and moved to Burill on the
eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula(Yemen). Son of Astaroth and Ib. He had
150 children, total, many illegitimate through concubines. There are 45
generations between him and King Kegan through the first born son of
– Wife of King Kegan, mother of Princess Anna, Princess Isabella, Prince
Cerdic, Princess Gelis, Prince Rayad and Princess Gilian. Comes from Viking
stock, born in Norway. Her father, King Aluric, did trading with Kegan’s
father, Abbasan, and when Kegan and she met, they fell in love. She had fair
hair, violet eyes, and was 35 when she died. Her mother was Queen Finna.
Penelope McAllister Steele
– Drayton’s mother and wife of Shardow Steele, who is now dead, age 51.
Youngest of the 3 sisters, Nellie McAllister Crawford and Catriona
– Father of Drayton, drank himself to death.
– Bartolf’s 3rd wife, Phoenician
Suraat – King
Bartolf’s first wife. She was Phoenician
Rolfin’s 10th wife, a Cypriot, age 17 when married and he was 46.
Wizard Zerahemna - King
Kegan’s wizard, from Xilia,
long nose, eyes sparkle like diamonds, but his iris are white, long dark
brown hair that hangs down his back, wears purple hat and robe decorated
with symbols from Xilia
– Café where the eat when they first arrive in Hydra, with rude waiter,
– Angus lives in a croft at the end of it – 23 Anstrathven St.
– Meeting place for Fiona and friends. Home of the old willow tree
Burill – name of King Rolfin’s kingdom
in the Arabian peninsula after he moved from Hadrumetum
– On a small island in Loch Doon – King Kegan built it
– Where Fiona and Mairi live. 290 Cheshire Road.
- Important in Train Routes of Scotland. This small village
lies on the western fringes of Perthshire at the junction of Glen Falloch,
Glen Dochart and Strath Fillan. Comes from a Gaelic word meaning ‘low pass’.
It’s an ideal place for hillwalkers.
– Spans the River Alba and is a 700-year-old stone bridge.
– Sells Arran wool and other woolen goods
Hadrumetum – city where Rolfin and Bartolf
were born near Carthage
The Hogshead Inn
– The local pub in Inveralba
– A Greek Isle and the name of the main town on island
Inveralba – Village where Fiona and her
family and friends live in the highlands of Scotland.
– Mairi was born here, a village on the opposite side of Loch Doon
It Makes Scents
– Soap shop in Inveralba
Jimmy Noble Grocers
– In Inveralba , sells fruits and vegetables among other things.
– River Alba flows into it
MacDunnie’s Tea Room
– In Inveralba
McDougal’s Bed & Breakfast
- In Inveralba and run by Elsie McAllister.
McEwan’s Butcher Shop and Fishmonger – In Inveralba
– Mairi works there part time, owned by Mac McKenzie, in Inveralba
The Perfect Bee
– Located in Inveralba, the shop sells Mairi’s honey, sweets from the
– Flows through village of Inveralba into Loch Doon (where does it start and
St. Alexander’s Monastery
– Where they find the first jewel on Hydra
Tarphil Moor – Angus goes here to get peat,
outside of Inveralba
– Place where Drayton and his mother live
Xilia – Kingdom where the wizards
come from. The rivers look like gold when the sunshines because they are
filled with tiny bubbles of air. The leaves are perfect shaped and no
insects eat them. The flowers are brilliant and the birds sing perfect
melodies. All animals live with the wizards in peace and harmony and it is a
land of fruit and honey on every table.
Zanaad – Kingdom of Bartolf in North
Africa, after leaving Hadrumetum
– A chip sandwich – fries on buttered white bread, popular in Scotland
– British – name brand pickle, You put your cheese on the roll, add some
Branston Pickle and smoosh it down.
Cornish Fudge – Fudge made with clotted
cream in Cornwall, England
– Consists of lettuce, olives, tomato, cucumbers, feta cheese with oil and
- A traditional Greek
food consisting of pita bread filled with lamb and vegetables and doused
with tzatziki sauce. Considered to be ‘fast food’ in Greece.
– Creamy, buttery and chewy caramels made from milk of highland cow
Mince and Tatties-
A common dish in Scottish households. Heat the oil in a pan and saute the
onion until it is brown.Add in the mince and cook until well browned. Add
the carrots and oatmeal, mix well and pour in enough water to just cover.
Crumble in the stock cubes, season and stir. Cover the pan and simmer the
mince for about 20 minutes. Once the mince is cooked thicken the mince with
about 3 teaspoons of gravy powder
or corn starch mixed with a little cold water. Serve the mince with boiled
– Scottish word for turnips
– It is a mini version of a thing called a Ploughman's lunch, which is some
fruit, some veggies, a block of cheese and bread with a small cup of
carrots, cauliflower, gherkins, marrows, onions. rutabega, tomatoes, and
apples in a thick sweet and tangy sauce
– Combine meat, gravy,
and chopped onion; season with salt and pepper to taste. Line the bottom of
a buttered baking dish with a layer of half of the seasoned mashed potatoes.
Add meat mixture then cover with remaining mashed potatoes. Bake in oven and
sprinkle grated cheese on top.
– Greek dish of roasted lamb, onions and green pepper skewered on a stick.
‘Fast food’ in Greece.
– A sweet, made with coconut and sugar, popular in Scotland.
– A Greek sauce, made from crushed cucumber, yogurt, garlic, salt, pepper,
dill and olive oil. Ideal for dipping fresh vegetables in. It’s a white
sauce, spicy, and also used on gyros.
– the Scottish word for cookie
Tea – dinner, supper
– Wooden table where the wizard was sitting when murdered. A plaque on
bottom in his honor. Fiona and friends find it at Castle Athdara.