*Scottish Highlands. Mountainous area of northern Scotland that was home to the historical Rob Roy. The Highlands are the romantic setting for Scottish clan life in the novel. Several of Walter Scott’s works deal with the Scottish Highlands, but Rob Roy treats this area with special fullness and complexity. On one hand, the Highlands are beautiful, sublime, poetic, and impressive. On the other hand, they are dark, dangerous, primitive, and lawless. The Scottish clans of the Highlands are brave, daring, resourceful, and, at their best, heroic. They have a strong sense of honor and absolute loyalty to clan leaders like Rob Roy, but their way of life is often violent, disorderly, fearsome, and unproductive. For Scott, both the virtues and the vices of the Highlanders are closely associated with their country and its combination of wild sublimity and desolate barrenness. Scott’s descriptions of the Scottish Highlands in this novel are among the book’s greatest beauties, and such a scene as the horrific death of Morris and such characters as Rob Roy and Helen MacGregor seem to grow directly out of the soil of the Highlands. In broadly symbolic terms, Scott sees the Scottish Highlands as representing a romantic but doomed culture which belongs to the past. The poetry, feudalism, heroism, and concepts of honor associated with the Highlands must give way to the mercantile and rational values represented by Glasgow and London.
Osbaldistone Hall. Northumbrian country mansion of Sir Hildebrand Osbaldistone and his six sons. Osbaldistone Hall is called...
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