‘The Raiders’ is alive and throbbing with the Gallwegian spirit; the strong and wholesome air of the hills and seas of the Stewartry blows through it...’
‘...when we give chase to the raiders who have made the ‘red cock crow’ on the roof of Craigdarraoch and carried off May Mischief and many head of Galloway nolt to the hills, we are led on to solid ground.
Every step of the way can be followed to the ford of the Black Water of Dee, the Links of the Cooran, the Wolf’s Slock, and the outlaw’s hold in the isle of Loch Enoch, behind the shoulder of Merrick and back again by Glentrool and the Cruives of Cree.’
This was a review in ‘The Scotsman’ in March 1894 (probably by Andrew Lang) which was the first of many reviews (mostly favourable). However, some people didn’t like it. W.E.Henley was not a fan (though he had a personal axe to grind) and (so someone on Wikipedia tells me) George Gissing thought it was ‘wearisome.’ No accounting for tastes!
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On the character of Silver Sand - from The Raiders, Dark o' The Moon and Silver Sand.
‘I like his duality, that he is a person of two worlds in a multitude of ways, in his parentage, his education, his choices in life, and when he is old, although he is the King of the Gypsies, he lives very simply, out of doors for the most part. And of course, when it comes right down to it, he is willing to die for his people. I have all sorts of wild ideas about how a book about his son would have turned out had Crockett lived longer.’