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LORD OF THE ISLES.
BY WALTER SCOTž, ésQ:
PUBLISHED BY J. EASTBURN AND CO.
The scene of this poem lies, at first, in the castle of Artornish, on the coast of Argylesbire; and, afterwards, in the islands of Skye and Arran, and upon the coast of Ayrshire. Finally, it is laid near Stirling. The story opens in the spring of the year 1307, when Bruce, who had been driven out of Scotland by the English, and the Barons who adhered to that foreign interest, returned from the Island of Rachrin on the coast of Ireland, again to assert his claims to the Scottish crown.: Maiyof the personages and incidents introduced are of historical celebrity. The authorijiés, used' are chiefly those of the venerable Lord Hailes, as wel! entitled to be called the restorer of Scortish history, as Bruce the restorer of Scottish imorarchy.; and of Archdeacon Barbour, a correct, edition of whose Metrical History of Robert Bruce will soon, I trust, appear under the care of my learned friend, the Rev. Dr. Jamieson.
Abbotsford, 10th December, 1814.