Sir Walter Scott’s account of the lawless life of Rob Roy was published 200 years ago. And today, hikers can follow in his cattle-rustling footsteps on a footpath across central Scotland
Hero, thief, extortioner, loyal Jacobite, traitor or Scotland’s very own Robin Hood. Any of these epithets can be used to describe Rob Roy MacGregor, and will at least be partly true. The outlaw, whose fame was sealed 200 years ago this New Year’s Eve with the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s fictionalised account of episodes from his life, is one of history’s true enigmas.