Rob Roy

Rob Roy

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Rob Roy by Walter Scott

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Sir Walter was at his best as a story teller when portraying the life of some adventurous hero of his own highlands. Through this stirring novel he has immortalized the wandering patriot and the beautiful lake beside which he made his home. The young person who thinks that Scott is hard reading will not go far in this book before he loses himself in the narrative and finds himself sitting up nights to finish it. With Introductory Essay and Notes by Andrew Lang.

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led the Grey Stone of MacGregor.

Sir Humphrey Colquhoun, being well mounted, escaped for the time to the castle of Banochar, or Benechra. It proved no sure defence, however, for he was shortly after murdered in a vault of the castle,---the family annals say by the MacGregors, though other accounts charge the deed upon the MacFarlanes.

This battle of Glenfruin, and the severity which the victors exercised in the pursuit, was reported to King James VI. in a manner the most unfavourable to the clan Gregor, whose general character, being that of lawless though brave men, could not much avail them in such a case. That James might fully understand the extent of the slaughter, the widows of the slain, to the number of eleven score, in deep mourning, riding upon white palfreys, and each bearing her husband's bloody shirt on a spear, appeared at Stirling, in presence of a monarch peculiarly accessible to such sights of fear and sorrow, to demand vengeance for the death of their husbands, upon those by wh

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I read this wonderful book forty years ago whilst at university and loved it. Now that I have found it on ManyBooks I shall have the opportunity to digest it again. Scott was an unusual person with strange prejudices (mostly religious) and a clearly chauvinistic bent. He is however one of the great story tellers of all time. This is the story of a great patriot who loved Scotland deeply and was loved and revered deeply by his followers and friends. The novel is reputed to be a frank and realistic depiction of social conditions in England and Scotland in the period prior to the Jacobite rebellion (circa 1715). Surprisingly Rob Roy is the hero of the novel but not the primary character. Read it slowly and savor every sentence, it is a masterwork in every sense of the word. Highly recommended, not always an easy read but the story is engrossing in the extreme.