A. L. MacDONELL lives in the North West of Ireland but is a native of Fort William, Lochaber in the Scottish Highlands. Secretarial training led to her joining a company on the Slough Trading Estate, where she became a Director and Company Secretary. In her spare time she graduated in the Social Sciences and had a career for many years as a Probation Officer in Greater London. This work gave her a great insight into the different ways people cope with life’s challenges.

She is a multi award winning short story writer. The Glen Rowan is her first novel. This was inspired because she wondered how her own ancestors had lived and survived throughout the ages but especially during the 18th century, a time of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Rebellion. 20 years of research is the basis of this work.

Rock & Roll Kid Charlie McGettigan (Eurovision winner) with his dear friend
Author Anne L. MacDonell at the Launch of her First Novel Glen Rowan Sept. 2021


I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to Mary Gallagher Roscommon Ireland who played a major role in getting my work developed and completed, and all the people who got involved in the manuscript and gave constructive feedback, sometimes negative, sometimes positive but all genuine in their efforts to help me in their own way to construct this novel that I hope you enjoy.

Sister Frances Connochie, Glasgow; Helen Bally, La-Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland; Renata Lange, Roscommon, Ireland; Sean & Carol McKay, Leitrim, Ireland; Kenny MacIntosh, Spean Bridge, Scotland; John Alistair MacDonell, Spean Bridge, Scotland; Orla Kelly, Reading Room, Leitrim, Ireland; Duncan MacPherson, Inverness, Scotland; Peggy Fleming, Roscommon, Ireland; Staff and Historians of West Highland Museum, Fort William, Scotland;

And a special thanks to the Staff in Tesco, together with my friends in the Market Yard in Carrick-on-Shannon, and also at the Ardcarne Centre, Roscommon, Ireland for their encouragement and their constant support during my journey.

Produced and edited by Brian Connolly, Roscommon, Ireland.