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The Scene of this poem lies, at first, in the Castle of Artor. nish, on the coast of Argyleshire ; and, afterwards, in the IsLands of Skye and Arran, and upon the coast of Ayrshire. Fi. nally, it is laid near Stirling. The story opens in the Spring of the year 1307, when Bruce, who had been driven out of Scotland by the English, and the Barons who adhered to that fo reign interest, returned from the Island of Rachrin on the coast of Ireland, again to assert his claims to the Scottish crown. Many of the personages and incidents introduced are of historical celebrity. The authorities used are chiefly those of the venerable Lord Hailes, as well entitled to be called the restorer of Scottish history, as Bruce the restorer of Scottish monarchy ; and of Archdeacon Barbour, a correct edition of whose Metri. cal History of Robert Bruce will soon, I trust, appear under the care of my learned friend, the Rev. Dr Jamieson.
ABBOTSFORD, 10th December, 1814.