Study Guide

Kidnapped Characters

By Robert Louis Stevenson

David Balfour of Shaws

Davie is the be all and end all of Kidnapped – its alpha and omega – its beginning...

Alan Breck Stewart

Alan is Davie's best buddy. He's the secondary character, the one who comes closest to competing...

Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws

The thing about adventure stories is that a lot of the characters are really just there to serve...

Mr. Campbell

Mr. Campbell has a very small part in the novel, appearing only in the first chapter to send...

Jennet Clouston

Jennet is pretty much just there to provide foreshadowing of terrible things to come. In Chapter...

The Guide

In Chapter 15, when Davie is trying to cross the island of Mull, he has two bad encounters with...

Mr. Henderland

In Chapter 16, Davie falls in with a friendly local religious man who reminds him of Mr....

Captain Elias Hoseason

Hoseason is an interesting contradiction in terms (sound familiar yet?). He's a "great churchgoer...

John Breck Maccoll

John Breck is a tenant of Appin who helps Alan get a message to James Stewart asking for money in...

Duncan Mackeigh

This is the second bad encounter Davie has on the island of Mull. He falls in with a blind man...

Duncan Dhu Maclaren

When Davie essentially collapses after his big fight with Alan in Chapter 24, Duncan Dhu allows...

Cluny Macpherson

Cluny Macpherson was a real-life Highland chief of the clan of Vourich (or Vurich). He fought for...

Neil Roy Macrob

This guy is the ferryman who brings Davie from Torosay (on Mull) to Kinlochaline (on the Scottish...

The Maid

Besides Mrs. Stewart (James Stewart's wife) and Jennet Clouston, the maid is pretty much the only...

Robin Oig

Robin Oig is the son of famous real-life Scottish outlaw Rob Roy. He comes to visit Davie because...

Mr. Rankeillor

Mr. Rankeillor is a lawyer residing in Queensferry. Davie finds him when he gets back there in...

Ransome

Ransome is the cabin boy of the Covenant. He appears to be somewhat developmentally disabled, a...

Mr. Riach

Mr. Riach is the second mate of the Covenant, and yet another complex and contradictory man. He's...

Mr. Shuan

Mr. Shuan is another plot-propelling character. The first mate of the Covenant, he is a violent...

James Stewart

James is Alan's clan chief, Ardshiel's half brother, and one of the prime suspects in the murder...

Torrance

Mr. Rankeillor's clerk and witness to Ebenezer's accidental confession that he arranged to have...

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