The story has it that as a result Rob Roy became an outlaw and took to the hills time and again narrowly escaping his dogged pursuers. And so, on the basis of very little evidence in Wisden, Rob Roy was transformed by Daniel Defoe, Walter Scott and a handful of film makers into a legendary action hero – the Scottish Robin Hood, the Caledonian Zorro. Who cares that there is little to substantiate this legend? The Rob Roy of lore maybe as mythical as FB's in-swinger, but none the less potent for all that.
As an impressionable child, Fantasy Bob bought into this legend. On the A93 leaving Peterculter on the way to Banchory, Crathie, Balmoral and beyond there is a painted statue on a rock above an impressive gorge through which runs the Culter Burn. It was here that FB was led to believe as a youngster that Rob Roy pulled off a particularly daring escape by leaping the raging torrent onto the rocks below, leaving clumsy Redcoats cursing him behind. Such escapes were a weekly if not daily occurrence for Rob Roy and many other burns are similarly feted. But only the Culter Burn has the statue apparently erected in his honour.
|Rob Roy at Culter|
Whether Rob Roy was a proper hero or whether his existence was more mundane is for others than FB to judge. It does seem likely however that all this chasing about the hills, if it ever happened, left little time for cricket and the descendants of Rob Roy seem not to have recovered the lack of attention to cricketing skills established by their myth laden predecessor.
|Gregor MacGregor - |
a Highland Rogue?