The book tells the stories of 57 appearantly randomly selected highwaymen (and women). Some of the stories are very short (less than a page) and many are quite repetitive, describing a child with a good schooling who suddenly as a youth goes rougue and ends ud hanged for robbery. Some of the robbers only committed 1 or very few crimes. The stories are presented in alphabetical order, which is quite strange since some of them act at the same time, but are presented different places in the book. Had the book described fewer pesons of which more details were known, and tied the stories together with the historical context, it had been a lot better
I saw this in my local public library and knew straight away I had to add it to my highway robbery collection.
This is because it contains utterly fascinating life stories of highwaymen and women who I've never heard of before especially on the Scottish side of the border. What an evil character Gilder Roy was and the totally unbelievably evil misdeeds he committed. I stopped reading about his end until I get my own copy !!! Besides the lovely unending sequence of narrated lives of these miscreants there is a section never seen before in highway robbery literature on costume and weapons. Even though I'm familiar with flintlock pistols I can never read enough about them
The only criticisms I have are the lack of illustrations in the main section. There are contemporary drawings of some robbers available and more developed source material could have been included. However I can't wait to receive my copy !!!!
An extremely interesting book. Very well researched and written in a way which hooks you in. Would love to know how and where to get information like this as I would like to know if there was a "local highwayman". I've tried everywhere I can think of in my area.