John Burnet of Barns

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Set in the Scottish Borders in 1678, John Burnet of Barns is the story of two young noblemen -- John Burnet, heir to the ancient house of Barns and the last in a long line of Border reivers; and his cousin, Captain Gilbert Burnet, a dashing but ruthless soldier of fortune.

Despite their family ties, an enduring rivalry develops between them, causing them to cross swords on more than one occasion. This smouldering feud swiftly becomes a matter of life and death when John travels to the Low Countries. In his absence, Gilbert Burnet seizes the opportunity to settle things once and for all, and John returns home to discover that he has been denounced as an agent of the Covenanters, outlawed, and deprived of his rightful inheritance.

A tale of honour and loyalty, betrayal and retribution, John Burnet of Barns is also a marvellous evocation of the Border country during the 'Killing Time' of the Covenanting period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781274678
  • Publisher: Reprint Services Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 317

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Book I Tweeddale
I The Adventures Which Befell me in the Wood of Dawyck 3
II The House of Barns 9
III The Spate in Tweed 17
IV I go to the College at Glasgow 25
V Cousinly Affection 33
VI How Master Gilbert Burnet Played a Game and was Checkmated 44
VII The Pegasus Inn at Peebles and How a Stranger Returned from the Wars 52
VIII I Take Leave of my Friends 60
IX I Ride Out on my Travels and Find a Companion 65
Book II The Low Countries
I Of my Voyage to the Low Countries 75
II I Visit Master Peter Wishart 85
III The Story of a Supper Party 94
IV Our Adventure on the Alphen Road 100
V The First Sunday of March 106
VI The First Monday of March 112
VII I Spend My Days in Idleness 118
VIII The Coming of the Brig Seamaw 125
IX An Account of My Home-Coming 131
Book III The Hillmen
I The Pier O' Leith 137
II How I Rode to the South 143
III The House of Dawyck 151
IV How Michael Veitch Met His End 157
V I Claim a Promise, and We Seek the Hills 162
VI The Cave of the Cor Water 168
VII How Two of his Majesty's Servants Met with Their Deserts 175
VIII Of Our Wanderings Among the Moors of Clyde 182
IX I Part from Marjory 188
X Of the Man With the One Eye and the Encounter in the Green Cleuch 193
XI How a Miller Strove with His Own Mill Wheel 200
XII I Witness a Valiant Ending 207
XIII I Run a Narrow Escape for My Life 215
XIV I Fall in with Strange Friends 222
XV The Baillies of No Man's Land 227
XVI How Three Men Held a Town in Terror 233
XVII Of the Fight in the Moss of Biggar 239
XVIII Smitwood 245
Book IV The Westlands
I I Hear No Good in the Inn at the Fords O' Clyde 257
II An Old Journey with a New Errand 263
III The House with the Chipped Gables 269
IV Up Hill and Down Dale 275
V Eaglesham 281
VI I Make My Peace with Gilbert Burnet 289
VII Of a Voice in the Eventide 298
VIII How Nicol Plenderleith Sought His Fortune Elsewhere 304
IX The End of All Things 309
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