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Rob Roy MacGregor: His Life and Times

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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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Chandra
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cynthia Heinrichs
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Brian Bohmueller
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting look at life a few hundred years ago...alas a bit dry...too much detail for me.
Crystal
Sep 20, 2009 marked it as to-read-history  ·  review of another edition
SUPPOSEDLY, I'm distantly related to this guy. I mean, I come from a line of MacGregor's, but who really knows.

Bought this book at the Annual Library Sell - it reeks of cigarettes, blach.
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