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A Legend of Montrose

Sir Walter Scott

Book Overview: 

A Legend of Montrose is one of Sir Walter Scott's Tales of my Landlord. It is set in the tumultuous 17th century during the Earl of Montrose's military campaign in Scotland. Allan M'Aulay and his friend Lord Menteith both serve in Montrose's army, together with the loose cannon Dugald Dalgetty. The friends are also both in love with Annot Lyle, a beautiful young lady of mysterious heritage. Will they all make it through the war, and which of the friends will Annot finally choose?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Lord Menteith, addressing the principal domestic, hastened to start some theme of conversation which might obliterate all recollection of the fray that had taken place. "The laird is at the hill then, Donald, I understand, and some English strangers with him?"

"At the hill he is, an it like your honour, and two Saxon calabaleros are with him sure eneugh; and that is Sir Miles Musgrave and Christopher Hall, both from the Cumraik, as I think they call their country."

"Hall and Musgrave?" said Lord Menteith, looking at his attendants, "the very men that we wished to see."

"Troth," said Donald, "an' I wish I had never seen them between the een, for they're come to herry us out o' house and ha'."

"Why, Donald," said Lord Menteith, "you did not use to be so churlish of your beef and ale; southland though they be, they'll scarce eat up all the cattle that's going on the castle mains."

"Teil care an they did," said Donald, "a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The novel is more successful in its portrait of history, particularly the opposing characters of Montrose, the Royalist, and Argyle, than its account of the lovers' problems.

Part of Scott’s Landlord tales. The story is set in the 1640s during the English Civil War. The location for the action is in Perthshire and Argyll. Once again the story is loosely based on true events. This story is based around the murder of Lord Kilmont by James Stewart of Ardvoirlich after the b

Short novel by Sir Walter Scott centring on the civil war between Scottish supporters of King Charles with the Marquis of Montrose as his champion and the Duke of Argyll (Argyle in Scott's spelling) as the leader of the Covenanter rebels. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. It has romance

Scott's first novel written almost exclusively in English with English dialog. It is yet another novel touching on an aspect of the Jacobite Rebellion. This one features the battles led and won by the Earl of Montrose while touching on the Campbell clan, the MacAulays and the ostracized Children of

This novel came out shortly after “The Bride of Lammermoor” and was somewhat in the shadow of that more famous work. However, although I do think Lammermoor is a more impressive achievement, in some ways this is a more enjoyable experience. It isn’t quite so dark – it has a happy ending – and the ch

Sir Walter is growing on me as I read chronologically through his work. There's not really much of a story to this one, and I can't say I'm very interested in this period of Scottish history, but for the first time I found one of this author's 'characters', Sir Dugald Dalgetty, quite entertaining. S

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