Diary of General Patrick Gordon of Auchleuchries 1635-1699,
Volume II: 1659-1667, Edited by Dmitry Fedosov, Aberdeen: AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, 2010, pp.321 + xliv: ISBN 978-1-906108-13-7 (Paperback)
Paul Dukes writes: In this second volume of Patrick Gordon’s Diary containing ‘curious tidings of himself, of his brothers in arms, and of Russia before the age of transformation’ (to quote again the great historian S.M. Soloviev), our hero continues his account of service in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland before moving to Moscow in 1661 with Paul Menzies and others. He tells of the difficulties with officialdom in his early years and his more successful military activities, often in the company of fellow Scots. He also gives a full description of a mission to London, including meetings with Charles II. Dmitry Fedosov continues his magnificent edition of a vital historical source and a most entertaining narrative.