The Moss Troopers
A tale of smuggling set in the Napoleonic era and first
published in 1912, the Galloway countryside is juxtaposed against London life
in a story of pressganging and kidnapping as Free Trading is explored from a
number of angles through a fast paced adventure romance.
‘Another of Mr Crockett’s tales of Scots courage and daring in the days when life was full of adventure, and smuggling and pressgangs gave it a zest unknown to modern civilisation. The background is Galloway and the sentiment of the Galloway folks during the Napoleonic wars. Readers who are fond of romance will find much that will please them in this book.’
Free-trading, smuggling and press-ganging are central in this novel. In it Crockett explores the concepts and practical consequences of each, weaving them into a story of adventure romance set in a period familiar to readers of Austen and Bronte, (and encompassing parts of the best of both). The heroine Patsy has to find a hero worthy of her love from the many varieties of man on offer. The contrast between London and Galloway lifestyles are highlighted with an ironic humour and it is no surprise that Patsy learns more on Isle Rathan than she ever does in London.
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