FAMOUS SCOTS SERIES
The following Volumes are now ready:—
- THOMAS CARLYLE. By Hector C. Macpherson.
- ALLAN RAMSAY. By Oliphant Smeaton.
- HUGH MILLER. By W. Keith Leask.
- JOHN KNOX. By A. Taylor Innes.
- ROBERT BURNS. By Gabriel Setoun.
- THE BALLADISTS. By John Geddie.
- RICHARD CAMERON. By Professor Herkless.
- SIR JAMES Y. SIMPSON. By Eve Blantyre Simpson.
- THOMAS CHALMERS. By Professor W. Garden Blaikie.
- JAMES BOSWELL. By W. Keith Leask.
- TOBIAS SMOLLETT. By Oliphant Smeaton.
- FLETCHER OF SALTOUN. By G. W. T. Omond.
- THE "BLACKWOOD" GROUP. By Sir George Douglas.
- NORMAN MACLEOD. By John Wellwood.
- SIR WALTER SCOTT. By Professor Saintsbury.
- KIRKCALDY OF GRANGE. By Louis A. Barbé.
- ROBERT FERGUSSON. By A. B. Grosart.
- JAMES THOMSON. By William Bayne.
- MUNGO PARK. By T. Banks Maclachlan.
- DAVID HUME. By Professor Calderwood.
- WILLIAM DUNBAR. By Oliphant Smeaton.
- SIR WILLIAM WALLACE. By Professor Murison.
- ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON. By Margaret Moyes Black.
- THOMAS REID. By Professor Campbell Fraser.
- POLLOK AND AYTOUN. By Rosaline Masson.
- ADAM SMITH. By Hector C. Macpherson.
- ANDREW MELVILLE. By William Morison.
- JAMES FREDERICK FERRIER. By E. S. Haldane.
- KING ROBERT THE BRUCE. By A. F. Murison.
& FERRIER · EDINBURGH
The designs and ornaments of this
volume are by Mr Joseph Brown,
and the printing from the press of
Messrs Turnbull & Spears, Edinburgh.
"O, ne'er shall the fame of the patriot decay—
De Bruce! in thy name still our country rejoices;
It thrills Scottish heart-strings, it swells Scottish voices,
As it did when the Bannock ran red from the fray.
Thine ashes in darkness and silence may lie;
But ne'er, mighty hero, while earth hath its motion,
While rises the day-star, or rolls forth the ocean,
Can thy deeds be eclipsed or their memory die:
They stand thy proud monument, sculptur'd sublime
By the chisel of Fame on the Tablet of Time."
The present volume on King Robert the Bruce is the historical complement to the former volume on Sir William Wallace. Together they outline, from the standpoint of the leading spirits, the prolonged and successful struggle of the Scots against the unprovoked aggression of Edward I. and Edward II.—the most memorable episode in the history of Scotland.
As in the story of Wallace, so in the story of Bruce, the narrative is based on the primary authorities. Happily State records and official papers supply much trustworthy material, which furnishes also an invaluable test of the accuracy of the numerous and wayward race of chroniclers. Barbour's poem, with all its errors of fact and deflections of judgment, is eminently useful—in spite of the indulgence of historical criticism.
There is no space here to set forth the long list of sources, or to attempt a formal estimate of their comparative value. Some of them appear incidentally in the text, though only where it seems absolutely necessary to name them. The expert knows them; the general reader will not miss them. Nor is there room for more than occasional argument on controverted points; it has very frequently been necessary to signify disapproval by mere silence. The writer, declining the guidance of modern historians, has formed his own conclusions on an independent study of the available materials.
After due reduction of the exaggerated pedestal of Patriotism reared for Bruce by the indiscriminating, if not time-serving, eulogies of Barbour and Fordun, and maintained for some five centuries, the figure of the Hero still remains colossal: he completed the national deliverance.
|The Ancestry of Bruce
|The Coronation of Bruce