The Red Hot Poker
Dugs ‘n Pubs
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.