Yester-eve he was enticed into the monster's den by his servant Poitou, and I shall never see him more! They are dead, betrayed into the hands of their enemies, cruelly and treacherously slain! Upon their heads they wore broad corded hats of brown. But we are weel assured that he is nae richt Douglas. We have come hither to punish these slayers of our kin, and we desire to know what you, our father, think concerning the matter. Crockett's connection with Kailyard is now beginning to be acknowledged as nebulous at best, as evidenced by a re-appraisal of the whole Kailyard concept by writers such as Andrew Nash. Evil and good alike shall be mine. As Sholto rapidly made up to them, with his better horse and lighter weight, he perceived that the travellers were those two admirable and noteworthy magistrates of Dumfries, Robert Semple and his own uncle Ninian Halliburton of the Vennel. Awa wi' ye, Sholto MacKim, and come na back till ye hae rowed every traitor in the same bloody windin' sheet! Before ever a man could reach within miles, the fatal axe had fallen, and my lords, for whom each one of us would gladly have died with smiles upon our faces, lay headless in the courtyard of Edinburgh Castle.
Then the fury in Sholto's heart broke suddenly forth. Lord William went with Sholto to see staunch Darnaway duly stabled, and to approve the horse which was to bear the messenger to the south without halt, now that his mission was accomplished in the west. It was my lady, who opened the latch herself and stood before Sholto in the habit she had worn when at the castle gateway Malise had told his news. Have I not tasted all agonies, renounced all delights, and cast aside all scruples that I might win back my youth, and with it the knowledge of good and evil? So far as in us lies we will renounce you as our father. Green cloth hard cover - Good. Then I could crack their puir bit windlestaes o' swords, without doing them muckle hurt! The rest of the guard was out searching for the bonny maids of Thrieve, as through all the countryside Margaret Douglas and Maud Lindesay were named. His master appeared to recollect himself.
Evil and good alike shall be mine. Sometimes such are not ill lined! At the girl's entrance that shaggy beast had raised herself upon her fore paws, and presently she gave vent to a low growl, half of distrust and half of warning, which at once reached the ears of the busy worker. However, that might perhaps be about to change, thanks to Cally Phillips, who has been working flat-out to republish Crockett's works, and hopefully introduce them to a whole new generation. It was as if the hostile sword had stricken a stone wall. It chanced that as the youth rode southward along the banks of the Dee, glancing this way and that for traces of the missing maids, but seeing only the grass trampled by hundreds of feet and the boats in the stream dragging every pool with grapnels and ropes, two horsemen on rough ponies ambled along some distance in front of him. She had been kneeling all night before the image of the Virgin, with her lips upon the feet of her who also was a woman, and who by treachery had lost a son. He spoke with some difficulty, which might proceed either from emotion or from the plethoric habit of the man.
Her yellow shining eyes blinked sleepily and approvingly at him, while with her tongue she rasped the soft pads of her feet one by one, biting away the fur from between the toes with her long and gleaming teeth. What for couldna ye have died wi' him? He breasted the long smooth rise and entered the woods which encircle the bright lakelet of Carlinwark, the pearl of all southland Scottish lochs. From United Kingdom to U. In 2014 The Galloway Raiders was set up as a literary society and online This story of life in Scotland during the 1400s focuses on the simple things: unrequited love, true love blocked by circumstance, arrogant ambition, and unbounded jealousy, all accompanied by vengeful feuding between individuals and clans who'd made themselves masters of the struggle for revenge. Samuel Rutherford Crockett This story of life in Scotland during the 1400s focuses on the simple things: unrequited love, true love blocked by circumstance, arrogant ambition, and unbounded jealousy, all accompanied by vengeful feuding between individuals and clans who'd made themselves masters of the struggle for revenge. The fictional story of Sholto and Laurence MacKim provides the background to the larger historical story of William Earl of Douglas and his cousin Margaret. He stood with his hands clasped behind his back, and his serious thought-weighted brow bent upon the concourse about Sholto.
Sholto had arranged that whether they found any trace of the lost ones or no, they were all to meet on the third day at the little town of Kirkcudbright. About this Item: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, United States, 2014. A bright light as of a furnace burnt up before him, and the heat was overpowering as it rushed like a ruddy tide-race against his face. West and south he had raised the Douglas country as it had never been raised before. Conduct me to the tent of my sons! Darnaway took his leave of Sholto with a backward neigh of regret, as if to say he was not yet tired of going on his master's service. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience.
At least he would avenge him upon one—the chiefest and subtlest of his enemies. Conflict between the dynasties of Stewart and Douglas is told from the perspective of the underdog, with historic events fictionalised to great effect. Ten years was it in the making. Laddies, laddies, ye maun come in wi' me to his excellence the Chancellor and make instanter your obedience. So, leaving Sholto standing by the lakeside with bowed head and abased sword, the strange woman went her way to work out her appointed task. But alone and erect as a banner staff stood the mother of the dead.
For Sholto, warned by the Lady Sybilla, even at this time had his idea, which, because of the very horror of it, he had as yet communicated to no one. We will not, because of the commandment, rise in rebellion against you. In 2014 The Galloway Raiders was set up as a literary society and online presence to explore Crockett's life and work and restore his credibility as one of Scotland's great writers. And as they hammered they talked together in alternate snatches and silences? It was the new Earl of Douglas, James the Gross, on his way to visit the camp of his sons. Therefore she checked not her steed, nor turned aside, till Sholto laid his fingers upon her bridle-rein and leaped quickly to the ground, sword in hand, leaving his own beast to wander where it would. She noted the sword in his hand, the death in his eye—and for the first time since the scene in the courtyard of Edinburgh Castle, she smiled.
Eager as Sholto was to accompany the searchers, and though he knew well that no foe was south of the Forth to assault such a strong place as Thrieve, he did not leave the castle till he had set all in order so far as he could. For without clatter of accoutrement or tramp of hoof, without companion or attendant, a white palfrey had appeared through the green arches of the woodlands. That lowering regard is the Douglas mark. But God speed ye, I say, for gin ye bringna back the wee lass that's heir to the braid lands o' Thrieve, it's an ill chance Ninian Halliburton has ever to fill his loof wi' the bonny gowden 'angels' that next to high heeven are a man's best freends in an evil and adulterous generation. Four of them grunted and complained of the flare of the light in their eyes, like men imperfectly roused from sleep. Sholto's sword was raised threateningly in his hand, but Sybilla saw another blade gleam bright in the morning sun ere it fell to rise again dimmed and red. But it was not until he had long crossed it and reached the lonely Cassencary shore that Sholto found his first trace of the lost maidens.
And there ye daur to stand, skin-hale and bane unbroken, before your mither. Presently another door opened, the main entrance of the apartment this time, not the small private portal through which Astarte the wolf had been admitted. He turned to go within. We are no longer of one family. So the four men had taken possession, none saying them nay, and, indeed, in the disordered state of the government, but few being aware of their presence. You are Earl of Douglas, and while you live must rule your own. Ye say that ye were sent to raise the clan—then what seek ye at the Carlinwark? Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.