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Rob Roy Macgregor: His Life And Times (Canongate) [Paperback]

W.H. Murray
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15 April 2000 Canongate
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 and confused by the romantic yarns that have grown up around him. W.H. Murray brings together new interpretations of Rob Roy's life and times to produce a new understanding of the character, actions and motives of a man who became a myth and symbol of Scotland. Murray shows that Rob Roy's renown stems from his remarkable force of character, rather than his politics or his place in the writings of Sir Walter Scott. His political mission outwardly failed, but his extraordinary resolution in adversity has earned him his place in history and legend.

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; New Ed edition (15 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862415381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862415389
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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W.H.Murray, a Scotsman by birth, is the author of over twenty books, amongthem some of the finest contributions of modern times to the literatureof mountain travel and exploration, at home and abroad. His worksinclude The Story of Everest (1953), Maelstrom (1962), and The Islands of Western Scotland(1974). His awards include an honorary doctorate from the University ofStirling (1975), the OBE (1966), and the Mungo Park Medal of the RSGS(1950), the latter for exploratory travel in the central Himalaya. In1951, Murray was deputy leader of the Mount Everest expedition which discovered the route to the summit.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Account of a Fascinating Man 12 May 2009
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This seems to be a very well-researched biography of a quite remarkable man. For all the fictional tales that have been woven around the life of Robert Ruadh MacGregor, the real story as told by W.H. Murray needs no embellishment.

Given the paucity of information about Rob Roy's life until he came to prominence within Clan Gregor, and then came to the attention of the powers that be and the general public, the author begins by giving a very interesting account of what kind of life he might have expected to live in his early years until reaching manhood. In so doing, we are offered an absorbing insight into clan life in the late 17th century, and the trials of the MacGregors as a proscribed clan persecuted by Lowlander and Highlander alike.

A wealth of evidence is provided to confirm or refute occurrences and legends from Rob Roy's life, and what we discover is that he must surely have been one of Scotland's and Britain's most remarkable, resourceful and resilient individuals. However, that is not to say that I fully agree on every occasion with the conclusions which Mr Murray draws from the evidence. He is clearly a dyed-in-the-wool admirer of his subject. The result is that he sometimes gives Rob Roy the benefit of the doubt where my own reading of the evidence would not lead me to the same conclusion. Consequently, it hovers close to hagiography in always siding with Rob Roy, and some readers might wish for a rather more critical appraisal of his life and acts. Having said that, the evidence is there for the reader to draw his/her own conclusions, and W.H. Murray's achievement in being able to gather so much fascinating information is monumental.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rob Roy MacGregor 4 Dec 2003
As a descendant of Rob Roy I think this book finally lays to rest nearly two centuries of misinformation and mythology. I'm delighted to have found a properly researched biography which sets his life in its historical context and backs it up with source material. I highly recommend this book.
Mr Murray is to be congratulated for his endeavours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 8 April 2014
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Looks into the life and times of one of life's true men. A man I would have gotten along famously with. A man's man. No s*** accepted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant insight into Highland life 23 Nov 2013
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As a biography, this does an excellent job. But what I really admired about Murray's life story of Rob Roy was his detailed description of life in the Highlands in the late 17th century. He skilfully recreates the world in which Rob Roy MacGregor grew up, so that the reader feels that he understands the man from his background. This is undoubtedly one of the best books on Highland history I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very superior biography 19 Sep 2011
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W. H. Murray's biography of Rob Roy the man and his times makes fascinating and compulsive reading for anyone interested in that period of Scottish history. His research is meticulous and he brings this complex character to life in a way that I doubt will ever be bettered. A definite "must have' for any Scottish history buff or simply anyone who enjoys a good read.
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