Kidnapped | Study Guide

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Kidnapped | Characters

Character Description
David David Balfour, the protagonist of the novel, is a young man who endures a great adventure when his uncle pays a sea captain to kidnap him. He is from the lowlands of Scotland and is unaware that he is due to inherit the landed estate of the house of Shaws. Read More
Alan Alan Breck is a highland Scot who lives in exile due to his role in the Jacobite uprising of 1745. Returning to Scotland illegally, he meets David by chance, and for a while, their fortunes depend upon one another. Read More
Ebenezer Balfour Ebenezer Balfour, Esquire, of Shaws, is David's uncle. He pays Captain Hoseason to kidnap David in order to prevent David from inheriting the Shaw property. Read More
Captain Hoseason Captain Elias Hoseason is the captain of the trading brig (ship) the Covenant of Dysart. He agrees to kidnap David and sell him as a slave in the Carolinas. Read More
Mr. Rankeillor Mr. Rankeillor is a reputable lawyer in the town of Queen's Ferry. He was Ebenezer Balfour's lawyer but then chose to help David as he learned what had happened to the boy. Read More
Ransome Ransome is a cabin boy for Captain Hoseason on the Covenant. Mr. Shuan beats the boy to death.
Mr. Shuan Mr. Shuan is the first mate of the Covenant. He is a mean drunk who kills Ransome.
Mr. Riach Mr. Riach is the second mate of the brig the Covenant. He is kind to David but is always drunk.
Alexander Balfour Alexander Balfour is David's father and Ebenezer Balfour's older brother. He dies before the novel begins.
Mr. Campbell Mr. Campbell is the minister of Essendean who gives David the letter left by his father that directs him to the house of Shaws. When David disappears, Mr. Campbell seeks help from Mr. Rankeillor.
Mr. Henderland Mr. Henderland is a catechist, a teacher of Christian principles, who accompanies David on a part of his walk from Kinlochaline toward Aucharn. He knows David's minister, Mr. Campbell, and is kind to David.
Neil Roy Macrob Neil Roy Macrob is a highlander in Kinlochaline who gives David directions to find Alan in Aucharn.
The Red Fox/Colin Roy Campbell of Glenure The Red Fox, whose real name is Colin Roy Campbell of Glenure, is the factor (property manager) of a large territory in the highlands for the English king. He is murdered in front of David.
Mungo Campbell Mungo Campbell is a lawyer travelling with the Red Fox when he is murdered.
James Stewart of the Glens James Stewart of the Glens is Alan's kinsman who provides Alan and David shelter at Aucharn. He is imprisoned for his presumed role in the murder of the Red Fox.
Mrs. Stewart Mrs. Stewart is the wife of James Stewart of the Glens.
John Breck John Breck is a kinsman (relative) of Alan Breck who lives near Alan and David's hideout in Corrynakiegh. He carries messages between Alan and James Stewart of the Glens.
Cluny Macpherson Cluny Macpherson is the chief of the Macpherson clan who lives in exile after the Jacobite uprising of 1745 but still leads his clan from his hideouts. He hosts Alan and David in one of these hideouts for a short while.
Mrs. Maclaren Mrs. Maclaren is David's hostess when he is ill for a month in Balquhidder.
Duncan Dhu Duncan Dhu is the man in whose house David stays for a month when he is ill in Balquhidder.
Robin Oig Robin Oig is one of the sons of Rob Roy, the chief of the Macgregors, who fought in the Jacobite uprising of 1715.
The lass at the pub The lass at the pub is a young woman whose father owns the pub. She agrees to help Alan and David by rowing them across the Firth of Forth.
The guide to Torosay The guide to Torosay is the man who offers to guide David to Torosay for 5shillings.
Hector Maclean Hector Maclean is the "rich man for Mull" who changes David's guinea for shillings so that he can pay the guide to Torosay.
Duncan Mackiegh Duncan Mackiegh is the ragged, blind, old catechist—teacher of Christian principles—who David meets on the road to Torosay.
Grace Pitarrow Grace Pitarrow is the mother of David Balfour. She dies before the novel begins.
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