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Rob Roy

Brigand or hero, cattle rustler or patriot? Perhaps both views are justified. Here is a brief look at some of the history and legend.

Rob Roy MacGregor, otherwise known in Gaelic as Raibert Ruadh, was born at Glengyle, on the west end of Loch Katrine, in 1671. Bought up in the cattle business, as a farmer and drover, sometime raider, he became a Commander of the Watch, specifically formed to guard against cattle raiders. He was sympathetic to the Jacobite cause, namely to those who wished to return the Catholic King.

In 1693 Rob Roy married Mary of Cromar whose farm and lands lay near Loch Arklet. After a period of harsh winters, 1696-9, many farmers faced near starvation and in order to survive clans, such as the MacGregors, whose lands lay on the Highland edge raided the cattle of those in the lowlands. Rob Roy's expertise in hill craft and cattle handling allowed him to become successful in these raids.

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This panorama was taken from a place called "Rob Roy Viewpoint" which is located quite close to Inversnaid Hotel at Loch Lomond Shore. From this place you can see quite an interesting vista of this famous loch. That day the weather was very unpredictable. Strong wind and the kind of clouds I like the most.

There is a much bigger photo on Full Screen - so please concentrate on that one.

Panorama was stitched from 11 vertical shots with ND Grad 0.6 HE attached.

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