Rob Roy

Rob Roy

by Walter Scott
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Rob Roy 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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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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