If Braveheart has sparked your interest in Scotland and its history then
you can find out much, much more by reading the novels of these writers:
(And If you want to see what these Scottish authors looked like, click on these
Sir Walter Scott
the famous novelist. He wrote IVANHOE, HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN, THE
TALISMAN, OLD MORTALITY, ROB ROY, GUY MANNERING, QUENTIN DURWARD, BRIDE OF
LAMMERMOOR, BLACK DWARF, REDGAUNTLET, WOODSTOCK, KENILWORTH and
others, plus many poems. He almost single-handedly invented the
historical novel as a literary form.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
started writing his Sherlock Holmes stories in Edinburgh, when he was
a medical student at the University. The character of Holmes is based on
one of the professors of medicine, a keen minded scientist with acute
powers of observation. He also wrote novels on other themes - not only the
detective stories of Sherlock Holmes. May I recommend his "The Lost
World" - a lot more exciting than the recent Steven Speilberg film.
Robert Louis Stevenson not only
the most enduring and popular author, but also the handsomest is famous for
"Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde", "Treasure Island", and other successful novels.
Some scholars have theorized that Treasure Island was actually Scotland,
and that the original treasure map, drawn by hand, indicated real buried
treasure somewhere on the Scottish mainland. However, that original
drawing is long lost, and the copies published in recent editions of the
novel are substantially different.
R.M. Ballentyne was the 19th Century
author of some very popular adventure novels for young adults and children, eg "The Dog Crusoe", "The
Young Furtrappers","Coral Island".
His father published Sir Walter Scott's novels.
Kenneth Grahame, author of the
beloved classic Edwardian fable "The Wind in the Willows".
William McGonagall a much-maligned poet, and great soul.
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