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While younger Francis Osbaldistone discovers that his vicious and scheming cousin Rashleigh has designs either on his father's enterprise and his loved Diana Vernon, he turns in desperation to Rob Roy for aid. Chieftain of the MacGregor extended family, Rob Roy is a courageous and fearless guy, capable and crafty. yet he's additionally an outlaw with a cost on his head, and as he and Francis sign up for forces to pursue Rashleigh, he's consistently conscious that he, too, is being pursued—and will be captured at any second. Set at the eve of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion, Rob Roy brilliantly conjures up a Scotland at the verge of uprising, mixing old truth and a novelist's mind's eye to create an incomparable portrait of intrigue, competition and romance.

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21, declared a capital crime either at the a part of him who levied and him who paid this type of tax. however the necessity of the case avoided the execution of this serious legislation, i think, in anyone example; and males went on filing to a definite illegal imposition instead of run the danger of utter ruin—just because it is now stumbled on tough or most unlikely to avoid those that have misplaced a really huge amount of money by means of theft, from compounding with the felons for recovery of part of their booty. At what cost Rob Roy levied black-mail I by no means heard acknowledged; yet there's a formal agreement through which his nephew, in 1741, agreed with a variety of landholders of estates within the counties of Perth, Stirling, and Dumbarton, to recuperate livestock stolen from them, or to pay the worth inside of six months of the loss being intimated, if such intimation have been made to him with enough despatch, in attention of a fee of L5 on every one L100 of valued hire, which used to be now not a truly heavy coverage. Petty thefts weren't integrated within the agreement; however the robbery of 1 horse, or one head of black farm animals, or of sheep exceeding the variety of six, fell lower than the contract. Rob Roy's earnings upon such contracts introduced him in a substantial profit in funds or farm animals, of which he made a favored use; for he used to be publicly liberal in addition to privately beneficent. The minister of the parish of Balquhidder, whose identify used to be Robertson, used to be at one time threatening to pursue the parish for an augmentation of his stipend. Rob Roy took a chance to guarantee him that he may do good to abstain from this new exaction—a trace which the minister didn't fail to appreciate. yet to make him a few indemnification, MacGregor awarded him each year with a cow and a fats sheep; and no scruples as to the mode within which the donor got here by way of them are acknowledged to have affected the reverend gentleman's moral sense. the next quantity of the court cases of Rob Roy, on an software to him from one in all his contractors, had in it anything very attention-grabbing to me, as advised through an previous countryman within the Lennox who used to be current at the excursion. yet as there's no aspect or marked incident within the tale, and because it needs to inevitably be with no the half-frightened, half-bewildered glance with which the narrator followed his memories, it can lose, its influence while transferred to paper. My informant acknowledged himself to were a lad of fifteen, residing together with his father at the property of a gentleman within the Lennox, whose identify i've got forgotten, within the means of herd. On an exceptional morning after all of October, the interval while such calamities have been generally to be apprehended, they discovered the Highland thieves were down upon them, and swept away ten or twelve head of livestock. Rob Roy was once despatched for, and got here with a celebration of 7 or 8 armed males. He heard with nice gravity all that may be advised him of the conditions of the creagh, and expressed his self assurance that the herd-widdiefows[14] couldn't have carried their booty some distance, and that he will be in a position to get well them.

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