Rob Roy MacGregor: His Life and Times
by W.H. Murray
Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's most romantic, elusive hero, was an outlaw and a life-long enemy of Montrose. So well-known was he that no one thought to write down a physical description of him, or any direct record of his childhood and youth. Thus tracking down Rob Roy today is to embark upon a painstaking search through archives, estate records and folk myths, enriched an...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Birlinn Ltd
(first published June 18th 1998)
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For anyone even remotely interested in Rob Roy MacGregor, the Highland Clans, and/or Scotland from the mid 17th c. - the mid 18th c., W H Murray's Rob Roy MacGregor: His Life and Times is a must read! This biography is eloquently written and scrupulously researched. I'm fairly certain that even those who typically believe that biographies are painfully dry would find it to be readable. What I really appreciated was the attention that Murray paid to life in the Highlands during the severely wanin...more
I love this book. Not is Murray the first writer I've discovered who writes about Rob Roy as a real human being, as opposed to all Robin Hood or all villain, but he provides such a detailed backdrop to the man's life that you finish the book and feel you've been to Rob's world. Normally I greatly prefer fiction to non-fiction, but this book was an exception: a history book with all the meticulously gathered information and none of the dryness of most history books.