Three Sons of a Jacobite Hero Tried for Abduction and Assault [Trials]. [Scotland]. M'Gregor, James, Defendant. M'Gregor, Duncan, Defendant. M'Gregor, Robert, Defendant [d.1755]. [MacGregor, Rob Roy (bap.1671-1734)]. The Trials of James, Duncan, and Robert M'Gregor, Three Sons of the Celebrated Rob Roy, Before the High Court of Justiciary in the Years 1752, 1753, and 1754. To which is Prefixed a Memoir Relating to the Highlands, With Anecdotes of Rob Roy and His Family. Edinburgh: Printed by J. Hay and Co., 1818. cxxix, 244 pp. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, blind fillets to calf edges, blind stamping and gilt fillets and title to spine. Moderate rubbing to boards with a faint stain to upper corners, rubbing and some wear to extremities, joints starting at head, corners bumped, some offsetting to endleaves, bookplate (of Alexander C. Renton) dated July 1823 to front pastedown, (illegible) early ownership signature to head of title page. Light toning to interior, light soiling in a few places, some leaves torn along fore-edge without loss to text. $350. * Only edition. After abducting Jean Key Wright, a nineteen-year-old widow, James forced her to marry him and then sexually assaulted her. He was tried for the abduction and the assault and his brothers were tried as accomplices; all were found guilty. James, fearing the death penalty, escaped prison while awaiting sentence. Duncan, an attorney, was disbarred. Robert was executed. The trial drew public attention because the three were sons of Rob Roy, a Jacobite outlaw and folk hero.
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