Publisher Anne Taute''s first venture was a far cry from Macbeth but still royal in nature.

As a child, "I was impressed with history. At around 16 I was always fussing around with papers and eventually this pedigree of the royal family grew to be 6 feet by 4. My parents would look up and say, 'Anne, take it to your room or something. Don't put it on the dining room table!'

"I'd say, 'You'll be sorry, one of these days it's going to make some money.' "

That family joke turned into The Kings and Queens of England, the first time the royal family tree had been put on one large sheet of paper, and has sold more than 250,000 copies. The income, says Taute, is "very satisfactory." The work is "neither a map nor a book," notes Taute'. "The shops didn't know where to put it. Now you go into a shop and you find it alongside How To Get to Birmingham."

Shortly after going to Scotland to oversee printing of the chart, Taute' was offered and accepted a job preparing for the queen's annual visit at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.

"The queen," says Taute', "actually sends a representative, but you've got to behave as if it were the queen. The representative comes through, you leap up and you curtsey, and you think, 'This is ludicrous.' Everything is 'Your Grace, this' and 'Your Grace, that.' It was great fun, actually."

While she was working at the palace, Taute' slept in the bedroom of Mary Queen of Scots. "No one else wanted to sleep there because of the ghost. 'Tush,' I thought. I don't believe in ghosts. It was wonderful."

Life at the palace, she says, definitely had its light moments. "It was huge. Nobody could find anybody. The duke of Hamilton, who is the person who sort of manages the palace, can be found wandering around the staircase saying, 'Has anybody seen the duchess?'

"And then you go around the corner and you meet another staircase and the duchess is coming down and saying, 'Have you seen the duke? Oh, I can't find my way around this place.' She'd lived there for nigh onto 20 years or something."

After the palace job, Taute' found herself managing a $1-million trust set up by actor Sean Connery: "He had had a terribly tough slog, carrying coal, delivering milk to make it as an actor. He reckons that in Scotland, being the way it is, really talented youngsters don't have an out. They don't have the money to go abroad to study, that sort of thing."

The idea for Connery's fund was to back enterprising young people and projects, "not just young people."

Her future projects?

"I'd like to do the Bible. I'd like to do Chaucer. Did you know that the King James Bible is in copyright to the printers who were King James's printer at the time?