A Play for Broadcasting
Adapted by JOHN DONALD KELLY from Sir Walter Scott 's Story
The main action passes in a Court Room in Carlisle in the year 1742
Production by GORDON GILDARD
The two drovers are Robin Oig M'Combich and Harry Wakefield , who are driving cattle from Scotland to England. On the way it becomes necessary for them to seek pasturage for their cattle separately, since by the time they reach Cumberland there is not enough by the roadside for the purpose. Both get permission from separate people to use one field, and Wakefield is turned out. Robin offers to share it with him, but Wakefield refuses ; his pride is hurt. Later the two drovers meet in the inn. and Wakefield suggests ' a tussle for love on the sod ', but this does not appeal to Robin, who is getting the worst of it, and he leaves the inn. He takes the road for Scotland in search of Hugh Morrison and asks him for his dilk (which had been entrusted to him before leaving Scotland) on the pretext that he has joined ' The Black Watch '. He returns to the inn, where Wakefield and others are singing and jesting, and challenges him. Wakefield is stabbed in the struggle.
Robin, who has no legal assistance in the trial, pleads that he did not commit murder ; that he defended his honour. The judge makes a long speech in summing up. Robin is found guilty and condemned to be hanged.
Le Breton Hammond
Robin Oig M'Combich:
Counsel for the Crown:
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