from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Rob Roy Originally Robert MacGregor. 1671-1734. Scottish clan leader and outlaw whose banditry is the subject of Sir Walter Scott's novel Rob Roy (1817).
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- n. Scottish clan leader and outlaw who was the subject of a 1817 novel by Sir Walter Scott (1671-1734)
- n. a manhattan cocktail made with Scotch whiskey
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But now as to myself; for you will grumble at a sheet of speculation sent so far: I am here still, as Rob Roy was on Glasgow Bridge, biding tryste; busy extremely, with work that will not profit me at all in some senses; suffering rather in health and nerves; and still with nothing like dawn on any quarter of my horizon.
Page 44 coming unintelligibly to Storisende, and witnessing there the long combat between Sir Guiron des Rocques and Maugis d'Aigremont for possession of La Beale Alison -- as Kennaston's heroine is called of course in the printed book -- seems to us in reading the tale no very striking figure; as in Rob Roy and Esmond, it is not to the narrator, but to the people and events he tells of, that attention is riveted.