• The respected magistrate Bailie Nicol Jarvie and two companions travel across the moors to interview the Bailie's cousin, legendary outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor
  • After a day's ride, The Bailie and his companions arrive at Jean McAlpine's Inn near Aberfoyle.
  • However, the weary travellers enter to find a party of lawless Highlanders, angered by the intrusion on their privacy.
  • The good Bailie, under threat from the Highlander and his drawn sword, finds his own blade rusted to its scabbard through disuse.
  • With great presence of mind, The Bailie seizes a red hot poker from the hearth.
  • Rather than disfigure his opponent he sets fire to the Highlander's "new bonnie plaid".
  • The Bailie, in his moment of triumph, called for a round of good whisky with which to pledge the friendship of all concerned.