Old Mortality

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A novel by Sir W. Scott, published in 1816 in Tales of my Landlord, 1st series. ‘Old Mortality’ is the nickname of a certain Robert Paterson, who towards the end of the 18th cent. wandered about Scotland cleaning and repairing the tombs of the Cameronians. The novel tells the story of young Henry Morton of Milnwood, a moderate Presbyterian of courage and integrity, who, at the outset of the tale, is arrested by the dragoons of John Grahame of Claverhouse for having harboured an old friend of his father, the fanatical Covenanter, John Balfour of Burley. Morton narrowly escapes execution and, spurred by this injustice, joins the insurgent Covenanters. He accordingly becomes one of their leaders.

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