By Nigel Tranter
Rob Roy MacGregor’s identify and attractiveness stride via late-17th- and early 18th-century Scottish background and he's most likely the nation’s best-known ancient determine subsequent to Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Bonnie Prince Charlie. besides these 3, Rob Roy’s portrayal in e-book and movie has created a determine that doesn't quite tally with the fellow that Nigel Tranter believes used to be even more than an insignificant Trossachs-based livestock thief, blackmailer, outlaw and safety racketeer. That he stole farm animals, compelled lairds to pay cash to make sure their farm animals have been secure and lived at the unsuitable facet of the legislation isn't in dispute, yet there are facets to each tale, and Rob’s is without doubt one of the so much attention-grabbing in Scottish historical past. during this understandable portrait of Rob Roy, grasp storyteller Nigel Tranter unearths a wierd guy who regularly needed to remain one step sooner than each person round him, be it within the enterprise of farm animals, his monetary and political dealings with the dukes of Montrose and Argyll, his endeavours in aid of the Jacobite reason, or his continuous fight with Montrose’s issue, Graham of Killearn.
When he did not deal with this advanced set of actions, the repercussions have been dire, not just for himself and his extended family, yet most significantly for his courting along with his impressive spouse, Mary. That he controlled to outlive within the political cauldron that was once Jacobite Scotland, reconcile himself together with his spouse, continue his nephew’s extended family lands and by some means live to tell the tale into relative previous age to die in peace in his mattress is thoroughly remarkable.
This is Rob Roy’s tale, warts and all.
About the Author
Until his demise in January 2000, Nigel Tranter was once considered one of Scotland's so much prolific writer and specialized in Scottish ancient fiction with over a hundred novels written.