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The Grey Man

S.R. Crockett

Book Overview: 

This novel is set in Scotland in turbulent times, and we are immediately introduced to intrigue and family strife. At Launcelot Kennedy's aunt's husband's funeral, he and his father are first hidden, then hustled away secretly for fear of being spies. Werewolves, murder, secret trysts, vengeance and siege are the backdrop to this tale as Kennedy is set against Kennedy in this chilling feud

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Once it happened that we were all in the garden—Marjorie, the loons James and Alexander Kennedy, and little David, Sir Thomas's youngest son. Also Nell Kennedy was there. Sir Thomas himself was walking to and fro at the garden's end, all by his lone, with his hands clasped behind his back, as was his custom.

Then Nell, who, being angry, desired above all else to put a slight upon me, called me to come to her, speaking roughly as though I had been a servitor, and bade me take a misbehaving puppy dog of hers within doors.

But I was equal with her, and beckoned to me Sandy, her brother, who played about on the grass plots.

'Who may this little girl be that hath the messan dog with her?' I asked of him.

'Thou art a great blind colt-head not to know my sister Nell!' he answered, and ran again to his play with his brothers.

'Ah,' said I, looking over the heads of t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

So funny.

A must read for any Ayrshire dweller

A great adventure a story based on the historical feud of the Kennedys in 16th century Ayrshire. Mixing in the myth of the cannibal Sawney Bean. The language is mostly lowland Scots, and is a real delight, although at times archaic, and somewhat challenging.

This was a fantastic find for me. An author that I had never come across before.
Written in 1896 this brilliant novel of Medievalism is a fantastic romp in a similar vein to Walter Scott.
Warring clans,cannibalism in the shape of Sawney Bean, the historic Edinburgh and Robert the Bruce.
Oh and a hidden

It was on my honeymoon in Scotland when I discovered this little book, cheaply printed and with little information on the author’s identity. S. R. Crockett? Obviously a native, because the story is written in Scots dialect, but little else to be found. A little research on the internet reveals Crock

Good writing

I would suggest this to those who like historical novels combined with romance. It is a little slow at times but makes up for it later.

Enjoyable historical tale from the time of James VI. A lot of the text is in old lowland scots. Features Sawney Bean.

oh my gosh, to have stumbled on a new favorite author.

I believe his books were serialized, and that does show. although it's a very complete story, with a full arc, it does not build as well as it ought. feels like a series of connected tales, that in sum relate this young man's adventurous coming