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INTRODUCTION TO BOB ROY the Author projected this further encroachment on the patience of an indulgent public, he was at some loss for a title, a good name being very nearly of as much consequence in literature as in life. The ...
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INTRODUCTION TO BOB ROY the Author projected this further encroachment on the patience of an indulgent public, he was at some loss for a title, a good name being very nearly of as much consequence in literature as in life. The title of Rob Roy was suggested by the late Mr. Constable, whose sagacity and experience foresaw the germ of popularity which it included. No introduction can be more appropriate to the work than some account of the singular character whose name is given to the title-page, and who, through good report and bad report, has maintained a wonderful degree of importance in popular recollection. This cannot be ascribed to the distinction of his birth, which, though that of a gentleman, had in it nothing of high destination, and gave him little right to command in his clan. Neither, though he lived a busy, restless, and enterprising life, were his feats equal to those of other freebooters who have been less distinguished. He owed his fame in a great measure to his residing on the very verge of the Highlands, and playing such .pranks in the beginning of the 18th century as are usually ascribed to Robin Hood in the middle ages, and that within forty miles of Glasgow, a great commercial city, the seat of a learned university. Thus a character like his,blending the wild virtues, the subtle policy, and unrestrained license of an American Indian, was flourishing in Scotland during the Augustan age of Queen Anne and George I. Addison, it is probable, or Pope, would have been considerably surprised if they had known that there existed in the same island with them a personage of Rob Roy's peculiar habits and profession. It is this strong contrast betwixt the civilized and cultivated mode of life on the one side of the Highland line, and the wild and lawless adventures w...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780217278621
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/2/2012
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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INTRODUCTION TO BOB ROY the Author projected this further encroachment on the patience of an indulgent public, he was at some loss for a title, a good name being very nearly of as much consequence in literature as in life. The title of Rob Roy was suggested by the late Mr. Constable, whose sagacity and experience foresaw the germ of popularity which it included. No introduction can be more appropriate to the work than some account of the singular character whose name is given to the title-page, and who, through good report and bad report, has maintained a wonderful degree of importance in popular recollection. This cannot be ascribed to the distinction of his birth, which, though that of a gentleman, had in it nothing of high destination, and gave him little right to command in his clan. Neither, though he lived a busy, restless, and enterprising life, were his feats equal to those of other freebooters who have been less distinguished. He owed his fame in a great measure to his residing on the very verge of the Highlands, and playing such .pranks in the beginning of the 18th century as are usually ascribed to Robin Hood in the middle ages, and that within forty miles of Glasgow, a great commercial city, the seat of a learned university. Thus a character like his,blending the wild virtues, the subtle policy, and unrestrained license of an American Indian, was flourishing in Scotland during the Augustan age of Queen Anne and George I. Addison, it is probable, or Pope, would have been considerably surprised if they had known that there existed in the same island with them a personage of Rob Roy's peculiar habits and profession. It is this strong contrast betwixt the civilized andcultivated mode of life on the one side of the Highland line, and the wild and lawless adventures w...
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    A Young Englishman Meets Scotland's Robin Hood

    In old age, pedestrian, unimaginative Protestant Frank Osbaldistone writes for a business partner reminiscenses of his brief, uncharacteristic, long ago adventures in northern England and Scotland. His rich merchant father had recalled Frank from four years business apprenticeship in France to begin a junior partnership in London. But Fran, fancying himself a poet, declines to join the family business. His father sends him in disgrace to the ancestral manor in the north of England. There he is immersed in the dissolute country gentleman's life of his father's Roman Catholic younger brother and his six sons. *** There he also meets and falls in love with orphaned 18 year old Diana Vernon, who by her father's will must either marry one of Frank's six cousins or enter a convent. Along with the youngest of her cousins, Rashleigh Osbaldistone, Diana is heavily into the political intrigues along the Border which lead to the premature rising in 1715 to restore the Stuart monarchy in Britain. Rashleigh rides south to replace Frank in the family business in London, where he defrauds Frank's father for funds to aid the Pretender and the rebellion. *** Frank pursues his cousin's misdeeds 50 miles northwest to Glasgow and later crosses north over the Highlands Line in the same cause. *** In the process Frank is aided by Rob Roy (Red Robert) MacGregor, once a cattle drover but now driven by hard times to cattle stealing and opposition to powerful Scottish lords and other neighbors. Frank is also drawn into helping to put down the Rising.*** The novel is very fast paced. For those (like myself) who are not bilingual in Scots-English, it can be slow going at times as the various Scotsmen break into untranslated utterances in their version of English. Fortunately, there are only a few bursts of true Highland Gaelic (mercifully translated). This is a rollicking tale of Protestants coming to terms with Catholics, of Scots and Englishmen, of Hanoverians and Jacobites. It is also a lyric introduction to the geography of the western parts of the Border. -OOO-

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