The Cherry Ribband is a story of adventure and romance set during the ‘Killing Times’ in Scotland in the 1680’s. Tensions were high, and families divided, as the Presbyterian Covenanter movement came into conflict with the government forces of Kings Charles II and James VII.
The action moves from Galloway to the East Coast of Scotland as we follow the hero Raith Ellison and heroine Ivie Rysland. There are excellent descriptions of the coast and the Bass Rock Prison Island.
Samuel Rutherford Crockett was born in Galloway in 1859, the illegitimate son of dairymaid Annie Crocket. He wrote historical adventures and romances for the emerging popular 'mass market' readership. Many of his stories are set in rural Galloway and championed the rural working classes.