Rosemary Frances Sutherland was born on 10 February 1928 in Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK, near Glasgow. She was educated at the University of Glasgow (1945-1947), in 1965 obtained a M.A. at University of St. Andrews and in 1966 a diploma in education. She worked as a teacher of History at Perth Academy in Scotland from 1966 to 1972. Since 1976, as principal teacher of history, at Guernsey Ladies' College in St. Peter Port.

Rosemary Booth wrote her first Children's novel in 1966 under the pseudonym of Frances Murray. In 1976, her novel The Burning Lamp won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.

Book List in Order: 12 titles


  • Family disaster overwhelms Amelia Belchamber, obliging her to make a new life for herself as a Governess in the north of England. Her troubles begin when she is left alone with eight offspring, the children of her employer, cotton manufacturer, Stane...


  • Original title: Payment for the Piper. A magnificent saga of courage and ambition set in Scotland and New Zealand. Setting out for New Zealand in the 1840s to find her brother, Scots blacksmith's daughter Hannah Lindsay inherits her share of a ...


  • Reedited in NA as Brave Kingdom. A magnificent saga of courage and ambition set in Scotland and New Zealand. Setting out for New Zealand in the 1840s to find her brother, Scots blacksmith's daughter Hannah Lindsay inherits her share of a sheep ...


  • Chas Bentinck has a famous grandfather who was a jockey, and that’s what he wants to be too. His parents are not at all keen on the idea, and he also has a disability which makes difficulties too. There is also opposition from a gang set on stoppin...


  • Romance, intrigue and adventure - as a beautiful young girl pursues her destiny....


  • SAVAGE DESIRE! RAPACIOUS GREED! A TENDER LOVE THAT WOULD NOT DIE... High-tempered, headstrong Janet Laidlaw was one of the most beautiful young women in all Scotland. She would have been content to stay on simply working for her dead mother's fa...


  • Jo McKissock and her friend Joe are looking forward to all the riding they will get in the holidays on her uncle's Highland sheep farm, and to the local show which includes a gymkhana where along comes her strange Canadian cousin Chris, to sneer at t...


  • VENETIAN INTERLUDE Abandoned by her brazen and beautiful older sister in a Venice smoldering with treachery and betrayal, young respectable Mary Porteous found herself destitute and alone. She'd all but given up hope of surviving on her artistic ...






  • It is debatable whether Florence Nightingale had ever met a young woman quite like Phemie Witherspoon. Perhaps in the unremarkable but self-possessed scrap of a girl from Glascow she recognized something of her own redoubtable spirit. At all events, ...


  • A fascinating novel of Victorian romance and intrigue. Intelligent, pretty, but without "prospects," Elizabeth McLeod was resigned to her native Scotland and living out her days in quiet spinsterhood. But that was before she became engaged to a ma...


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    Jo McKissock moves to Elderbraes, a Scottish hill farm. Though not keen at first, moving does mean she gets a pony....