David Cairns of Finavon
David Cairns, the Baron of Finavon (from 13th century Scotland), has always been a student of history and has the ability to create an atmosphere and three–dimensional experiences with his writing style.
Until recently, he was a technology entrepreneur with many successful (and – as he points out – one or two unsuccessful) ventures to his credit.
He has lived and worked on four continents and as a result has experienced the history of London and Boston, the buzz of Chicago, Nashville and Silicon Valley, the pioneering atmosphere of the South African bush, the lazy lifestyle of the Bahamas, the cultural diversities of Europe and the laid-back lifestyle of Australia, which is where he makes his home these days.
The first of the Findo Gask & Erroll Rait mystery series – The Case of the Emigrant Niece – is a 2023 Readers Choice Book Awards finalist
Glad to see you here! I hope that you will find my site informative and stimulating. My focus is on history because, as has been said many times, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
With all that is happening in Ukraine, I felt it only appropriate to send a message with this cover page. I fervently hope that sense and humanity will prevail although I have low expectations in the near term.
My books are set in the 19th century – an age when human innovation and ambition drove the industrial revolution but also accelerated a world of inequality, crushing poverty and colonial expansion while advances in technology laid the ground for the terrible world-wide conflicts of the 20th century.
On these pages you can find information and back stories about published books and books to be published. I will also share thoughts on today’s events and on what history can teach us about likely outcomes.
Remember, Ignore history at your peril!
From My Blog
The Curse of Crypto
Bitcoin mining farm. Photo: Marko Ahtisaari The first transaction involving the use of a crypto currency to buy something physical was on May 22nd, 2010 when 10,000 bitcoins were exchanged for two pizzas in Florida. Since then you have to have been living in a cave not to have heard of Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. […]
Innovation at War
On 22nd April, 2021 I predicted that Russia would invade Ukraine and so break its UN charter commitments and the promise it made in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty. So it was no surprise to me to see an armoured column snaking south towards Kiev ten months later. Apparently, when […]
We Happy Few – Christmas Reflections
The Thinking Machine is Here
Lee Se-dol in 2016. In 2016, AlphaGo, a machine that used large data sets to teach itself how to play Go defeated Lee Se-dol in a contest leading to this young South Korean professional Go champion to retire because, “AI is an entity that cannot be defeated”. So what you ask. Well, Go is a […]
The Seeds of Death?
Lt. George W. B. Cairns, 42nd Black WatchMy father served with the Black Watch during World War II and subsequently with the Metropolitan police in London. I remember as I grew from a child to a boy and then a teenager that he took his standing in the community very seriously. This meant that I […]