Excerpt from Gilderoy: The Hero of Scotland This Tale is the first attempt, so far as the author is aware, to embody in such a form the scattered historical and legendary memorials of one of the popular heroes of Scotland - the Bonny Boy, whose name is familiar to every Scotsman as a household word, because imperishably embalmed in the ballad poetry of his country. The author of Waverley enhanced the fame of Rob Roy; but hitherto all our velists have strangely neglected the daring exploits and tragic fate of the earlier scion of the Gregalich - the handsome Gilderoy of the Scottish muse. Although the most prominent of the actual incidents in Gilderoy's career have been retained in the Tale, yet some liberty has been taken with the time of their occurrence. Gilderoy perished in the summer of 1636, shortly before Scotland became convulsed with the bloody troubles of the Covenant. The time has been shifted twenty years later, for the purpose of interweaving his adventures with the history of the Protectorate in Scotland - a period, by the way, to which tradition, though erringly, ascribes some of them. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.