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Would anyone like a \”Sir Robert Carey trail\”?

I\’ve been in Northumberland researching my next Carey novels. The latest one \”An Air of Treason\” is coming out in the spring of 2014, published by Poisoned Pen Press and this trip is for the ones after that. Carey and Dodd are finally on their way north at the end of \”An Air of Treason\” and the next three books will take place on the Borders again.


I checked out the (fictional) Sergeant Dodd\’s stamping ground of Gilsland where I also walked along Hadrian\’s wall for a bit. I\’ve been staying at Haltwhistle which claims to be the Centre of Britain – which is also the name of a hotel that\’s in an old pele tower (spelling is correct, though you can also spell it \”peel\” as that\’s how it\’s pronounced). These were the simple defensive towers surnames built to take refuge in when another surname came and attacked them. I had a very hearty dinner at the Black Bull pub – black pudding stack with stilton and haggis (yum!) and pork belly with black pudding. Yes, I have a thing for black pudding.


I\’m now in Berwick-upon-Tweed which might have been where Sir Robert Carey was born and was almost certainly where he spent a lot of his childhood. I walked all round the very impressive ramparts and through the town which is mainly 18th century. The ramparts are 16th century and were built under the supervision of Carey\’s father, Lord Hunsdon. And I had a wonderful Sunday lunch at a restaurant called Audela – parsley soup with black pudding and poached egg (yum!), cheese soufflé with apple and walnut salad (yum!) and poached pear in wine with ice cream (yummity yum yum!) The cakes looked pretty good as well but I Was Strong.


So. Would anyone like me to list places they could visit that feature in Carey\’s life story?


  1. Dinah says:

    It is a long way from the Blue Mountains in Australia to the Borders but apart from the fact that I may be visiting one day, I find the cosmic wormhole of my imagination an excellent way to travel across space and time. I would love a Robert Carey tour whether it is virtual or actual – and I am looking forward to the next book (and the next)!
    By the way, you have made me very hungry although I’ll leave the haggis and black pudding to you (vegetarianism would have been very hard to explain to Sergeant Dodd).

    1. patricia says:

      Dodd and vegetarianism? Incredulity followed by dismissal on the grounds of being more woodwild than the Courtier.

  2. Joanna Morrison says:

    Yes, please!

    1. patricia says:

      I’m on it, really I am.

  3. Yes indeed! We were just down in Devon in October, and next time we need to take in some northern locations. It would be great to have a list of good sites! Thanks!


    1. patricia says:

      Hi Maggie – I’ll try and do something about it… er… soon. I’d like to go on it myself. You could start with Carlisle and the Castle there, along with a visit to the Border Reivers exhibition. And then you’ve got the amazing sight of Hadrian’s wall. Head for Newcastle on Tyne and then up the Great North Road (which probably went through Widdrington in Elizabethan times) to Berwick which I promise you, you’ll love!

  4. Chris Tollety says:

    Not apropos of this blog post, but I have been a big fan of yours for many years. You are a great writer, Unicorn’s Blood is one of the best novels I’ve ever read. I very much look forward to whatever it is you decide to apply your talents to next.

    1. patricia says:

      Hi Chris – lovely to hear from you! I have a Facebook Author Page and a Group called Patricia Finney’s Renaissance if you want to get in touch via Facebook. Have you read my ebook exclusively for Kindle “Do We Not Bleed?”

  5. Alastair Taylor says:

    I was in Hexham Gaol yesterday and they have a wax work of Sir Robert in the museum.

    1. patricia says:

      Do they now! I think it was produced for the Carlisle museum – remember Carey was a real person. I don’t own him (though I sometimes think he owns me!)

  6. Kari Rice says:

    SO NEAT my grandfather was Sheldon Mathews Cary (we live in US) we trace directly back to Sir Robert Carey and Henry Carey! We are loving reading these books, and so is my teen! Would LOVE to visit and go on a Trail!

    Thanks for writing great books featuring my relative! I wonder how you picked him to write about? Castle Cary, or Castle de Kari was their castle? Originally Normans I think?

    1. patricia says:

      I wrote about Sir Robert Carey because he wrote about himself – in a wonderful book called “The Memoirs of the Earl of Monmouth”. In it he described his adventures fighting the Border raiding surnames in the last decade of the 16th century. If you haven’t read it yet, you really should – I think it’s available online now.

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