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During the reign of Malcolm IV, King of the Scots, Hugh de Swinton and

his fellow mosstroopers helped keep the rampaging Galloway rebels at

bay. But it was for his expertise in the killing of wild boars, as

protector of the Swintons' sheep flocks, that young Hugh was brought to

Malcolm's attention.

But Malcolm was a pious man much concerned with the well-being of his

people. And he handpicked Hugh de Swinton to mastermind a very special

project close to his heart: to establish Scotland's first real hospital

for the sick and poor, at Soutra in Lauderdale.

Action, chivalry and romance in the 12th century: the story of Hugh de

Swinton and his thrilling life that encompassed fighting, farming and

the foundation of Scotland's first hospital.

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