Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade
by William Benemann
Univ. of Nebraska Press. 343 pages, $29.95
WILLIAM DRUMMOND STEWART was part of the landed aristocracy in 19th-century Scotland, albeit a second son, who ultimately became baronet of Murthly Castle late in life upon the death of his childless older brother. With limited cash and not a lot to do prior to inheriting the title, he set out for “pleasure trips” to the Rocky Mountains, spending several years there as he had adventures and explored the beauty not only of the frontier landscape but also of the young, virile men who flocked to the Rockies to explore and escape as well.