Rob Roy MacGregor, like Robin Hood, has become a legend - but he was no legendary figure. He died not so very long ago, as history goes - 1734; and though somehow he managed to die in his bed, even so his death was dramatic and humorous. Rob Roy was like that - everything he did was spectacular.
He was a Highland gentleman - and would have cur the throat of anyone publicly doubting it. He was an outlaw, almost the inventor of the protection racket, and the biggest expert in cattle thievery this side of the Middle West.
He was a fighter - but he was indeed a very gentle man towards the weak, the poor and the helpless. Was he a hero, a scoundrel, or, as some say, a traitor.
He was certainly the finest guerilla fighter of his day, and probably one of the best military leaders of the Jacobite cause; yet he has been accused of letting that cause down, and standing by idle at the crucial Battle of Shefiffmuir.
He was Captain of Clan Alpine - that is, although he was not their chief, but only the second son of a chieftan, he led the MacGregors, the toughest clan fighters in all Scotland, in battle, Yet.......?
This is an exciting book about an exciting man.