The story opens dramatically with the repercussions of the murder of the Archbishop of St.Andrews by a group of "Covenanting Whigs" and spans ten years of tumult: from the defeat of John Graham of Claverhouse by the covenanters at Drumclog, and the victory of the Duke of Monmouth over the Covenanters at Bothwell Bridge, to the aftermath of the batle at Killiecrankie in 1689.

Editor’s Introduction to Old Mortality.2015-04-03
The origin of Old Mortality, perhaps the best of Scotts historical romances, is well known. In May, 1816, Mr. Joseph Train, the gauger from Galloway, breakfasted with Scott in Castle Street. He brought gifts in his hand - a relic of Rob Roy, and a parcel of traditions.
Introduction to the Tales of My Landlord.2015-04-03
As I may, without vanity, presume that the name and official description prefixed to this Proem will secure it, from the sedate and reflecting part of mankind, to whom only I would be understood to address myself, such attention as is due to the sedulous instructor of youth, and the careful performe
Introduction to Old Mortality.2015-04-02
The remarkable person, called by the title of Old Mortality, was well known in Scotland about the end of the last century. His real name was Robert Paterson. He was a native, it is said, of the parish of Closeburn, in Dumfries-shire, and probably a mason by profession - at least educate
Chapter 1 Preliminary.2015-04-02
Why seeks he with unwearied toilThrough deaths dim walks to urge his way, Reclaim his long-asserted spoil, And lead oblivion into day? Langhorne.Most readers, says the Manuscript of Mr Pattieson, must have witnessed with delight the joyous burst which attends the dismissing
Chapter 22015-04-01
Summon an hundred horse, by break of day, To wait our pleasure at the castle gates.Douglas.Under the reign of the last Stewarts, there was an anxious wish on the part of government to counteract, by every means in their power, the strict or puritanical spirit which had been the chief characteristic o
Chapter 32015-04-01
Horseman and horse confessd the bitter pang, And arms and warrior fell with heavy clang.Pleasures of Hope.When the military evolutions had been gone through tolerably well, allowing for the awkwardness of men and of horses, a loud shout announced that the competitors were about to step forth
Chapter 42015-03-31
At fairs he playd before the spearmen, And gaily graithed in their gear then, Steel bonnets, pikes, and swords shone clear thenAs ony bead; Now wha sall play before sic weir men, Since Habbies dead!
Chapter 52015-03-31
Arouse thee, youth! - it is no human call -Gods church is leaguerd - haste to man the wall;Haste where the Redcross banners wave on high, Signal of honourd death, or victory!James Duff.Morton and his companion had attained some distance from the town before eith
Chapter 62015-03-30
Yea, this mans brow, like to a tragic leaf, Foretells the nature of a tragic volume.Shakspeare.Being at length rid of the housekeepers presence, Morton made a collection of what he had reserved from the provisions set before him, and prepared to carry them to his concealed guest.
Chapter 72015-03-30
From seventeen years till now, almost fourscore, Here lived I, but now live here no more.At seventeen years many their fortunes seek, But at fourscore it is too late a week.As You Like it.We must conduct our readers to the Tower of Tillietudlem, to which Lady Margaret Bellenden had returned, in romant
Chapter 82015-03-29
The devil a puritan, or any thing else he is, but a time-server.Twelfth Night.It was evening when Mr Henry Morton perceived an old woman, wrapped in her tartan plaid, supported by a stout, stupid-looking fellow, in hoddin-grey, approach the house of Milnwood.
Chapter 92015-03-29
I am a son of Mars who have been in many wars, And show my cuts and scars wherever I come;This here was for a wench, and that other in a trench, When welcoming the French at the sound of the drum.Burns.Dont be too much cast down,
Chapter 102015-03-28
Did I but purpose to embark with theeOn the smooth surface of a summer sea, And would forsake the skiff and make the shoreWhen the winds whistle and the tempests roar? Prior.While Lady Margaret held, with the high-descended sergeant of dragoons, the conference which we have detailed in the preceding
Chapter 112015-03-28
At last comes the troop, by the word of commandDrawn up in our court, where the Captain cries, Stand!SwiftMajor Bellendens ancient valet, Gideon Pike as he adjusted his masters clothes by his bedside, preparatory to the worthy veterans toilet,
Chapter 122015-03-27
Their breakfast so warm to be sure they did eat, A custom in travellers mighty discreet.Prior.The breakfast of Lady Margaret Bellenden no more resembled a modern dejune, than the great stone-hall at Tillietudlem could brook comparison with a modern drawing-room.
Chapter 132015-03-27
O, my Lord, beware of jealousy!Othello.To explain the deep effect which the few broken passages of the conversation we have detailed made upon the unfortunate prisoner by whom they were overheard, it is necessary to say something of his previous state of mind, and of the origin of his acquaintance
Chapter 142015-03-26
My hounds may a rin masterless, My hawks may fly frae tree to tree, My lord may grip my vassal lands, For there again maun I never be!Old Ballad.We left Morton, along with three companions in captivity, travelling in the custody of a small body of soldiers, who formed the rear-guard of the colum
Chapter 152015-03-26
Quantum in nobis, weve thought goodTo save the expense of Christian blood, And try if we, by mediationOf treaty, and accommodation, Can end the quarrel, and composeThis bloody duel without blows.Butler.
Chapter 162015-03-25
With many a stout thwack and many a bang, Hard crab-tree and old iron rang.Hudibras.Cornet Richard Grahame descended the hill, bearing in his hand the extempore flag of truce, and making his managed horse keep time by bounds and curvets to the tune which he whistled.
Chapter 172015-03-25
But see! through the fast-flashing lightnings of war, What steed to the desert flies frantic and far? Campbell.During the severe skirmish of which we have given the details, Morton, together with Cuddie and his mother, and the Reverend Gabriel Kettledrummle, remained on the brow of the hill,
Chapter 182015-03-24
When pulpit, drum ecclesiastic, Was beat with fist instead of a stick.Hudibras.In the meantime, the insurgent cavalry returned from the pursuit, jaded and worn out with their unwonted efforts, and the infantry assembled on the ground which they had won, fatigued with toil and hunger.
Chapter 192015-03-24
Why, then, say an old man can do somewhat.Henry IV. Part II.We must now return to the tower of Tillietudlem, which the march of the Life-Guards, on the morning of this eventful day, had left to silence and anxiety.
Chapter 202015-03-23
With careless gesture, mind unmoved, On rade he north the plain, His seem in thrang of fiercest strife, When winner aye the same.Hardyknute.Colonel Grahame of Claverhouse met the family, assembled in the hall of the Tower,
Chapter 212015-03-23
Ananias. I do not like the man: He is a heathen, And speaks the language of Canaan truly.Tribulation. You must await his calling, and the comingOf the good spirit. You did ill to upbraid him.
Chapter 222015-03-22
And look how many Grecian tents do standHollow upon this plain - so many hollow factions.Troilus and Cressida.In a hollow of the hill, about a quarter of a mile from the field of battle, was a shepherds hut; a miserable cottage,
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