A Boy of Fife


Short Fiction

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The Story

This very short story opens near the beginning of the Napoleonic wars (1803-1815). It tells of little Walter Erskine who at age six attempts to protect the young men of St Monance, Fife, from a possible press gang. Ten years later he is involved in a quite different way when a French sloop enters the unprotected harbour.

Biographical and other notes

This story is probably based on one of the many stories of Fife told to Margaret Oliphant by her mother.

British publishing information

Periodical:   Victoria Regia Magazine   Nov 1861

Series and Themes

Children and teenagers
Historical Fiction
Male central character
The ancient kingdom of Fife

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