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by Robert Louis Stevenson
Arranged as a serial for broadcasting by R. J. B . Sellar
8—' Death in the Wilderness'
Produced by James Crampsey in the BBC's Scottish studios
A deadly feud exists between the brothers James (the Master of Ballantrae) and Henry Durie. Henry, the younger, who has inherited the title of Lord Durrisdeer because of his brother's participation in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, goes to New York to avoid further persecution. James follows. He has two objects in view: he wishes to be revenged on his brother, and he also desires to recover a treasure he had hidden in the wilds of New York Province after the Rebellion. Henry, who has endured much strain and tribulation, begins to act strangely. In an effort to be rid of his brother for ever he secretly finances the treasure-hunting expedition and instructs Captain Harris, a scoundrelly member of the party, that James must not return alive. When the Master and his expedition have gone up country Lord Durrisdeer follows with his old Scots steward Mackellar, who knows nothing of Lord Durrisdeer's plot. These two dawdle so long in the town of Albany that Mackellar's suspicions are aroused.


Unknown: Robert Louis Stevenson
Broadcasting By: R. J. B Sellar
Produced By: James Crampsey
James Durie, Master of Ballantrae: Moultrie R. Kelsall
Henry Durie: Bryden Murdoch
Alison, his wife: Denise Edwards
Ephraim Mackellar: George Davies
Secundra Dass: Balfour Brown
Captain Harris: Robert Sherwood
Sir William Johnston: Laurence Hardy
John Mountain: Tom Fleming
Hastie: Archie Henry

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