Bandits & banditry in 17th-century Scotland

When & Where

Wednesday, 1 June 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Online, Online, Online

Event Details

We all know the tale of Rob Roy, the dashing 18th-century outlaw whose exploits made him a legend in his own lifetime. But Rob was not the first Scottish bandit, as this talk by Dr Allan Kennedy will demonstrate.

Banditry, in fact, had been a serious social problem throughout the preceding century, particularly in and around the Highlands, the rugged landscape of which proved perfect cover for all manner of brigands and robbers.

Focusing on three prominent examples - the Gilderoy/Dow Geir gang of the 1630s, the Mackintosh/MacGregor gang of the 1660s, and the MacGibbon gang of the 1670s - this talk will delve into the world of the 17th-century bandit, exploring the causes of banditry, the nature of their activity, and the tactics and strategies used for stopping them. But be warned - it's not a story for the squeamish!

Join Dr Allan Kennedy for a c.45-minute online talk, followed by approximately 30 minutes of questions from the audience. The webinar will be recorded and made available to ticket-holders for 7 days after the broadcast.



Rachel Bellerby



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