|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Power House|
|Followed by||The Dancing Floor|
Three successful but bored friends in their mid-forties decide to turn to poaching. They are Sir Edward Leithen, lawyer, Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), and ex-Attorney General; John Palliser-Yeates, banker and sportsman; and Charles, Earl of Lamancha, former adventurer and present Conservative Cabinet Minister. Under the collective name of 'John Macnab', they set up in the Highland home of Sir Archie Roylance, a disabled war hero who wishes to be a Conservative MP.
They issue a challenge to three of Roylance's neighbours: first the Radens, who are an old-established family, about to die out; next, the Bandicotts: an American archaeologist and his son, who are renting a grand estate for the summer; and lastly the Claybodys, vulgar, bekilted nouveaux riches. These neighbours are forewarned that 'John Macnab' will poach a salmon or a stag from their land and return it to them undetected. The outcome is that the men's boredom is dispelled with the assistance of helpers (including a homeless waif, 'Fish Benjie' and an athletic journalist, Crossby), and Archie Roylance marries Janet Raden, daughter of the grandee.
- The Return of John MacNab was written by Andrew Greig as a 1990s retelling of the story.
- The Legend of John Macnab (2015) by James Christie, was also inspired by the Buchan book
- Lord Lamancha – Derek Godfrey
- Sir Edward Leithen – James Maxwell
- John Palliser-Yeates – Bernard Horsfall
- Archie Roylance – Cavan Kendall
- Colonel Raden – Basil Dignam
- Janet Raden – Susan Wooldridge
- Agatha Raden – Wendy Allnutt
- Wattie Lithgow – Roddy McMillan
- Bennie – Joseph McKenna
- Jimmie – Ron Bain
- Junius Bandicott – Jack Galloway
- Professor Bandicott – Ronald Radd
- Crossby – Patrick Malahide
- Lord Claybody – John Sharp
- Lady Claybody – Lally Bowers
- Johnson Claybody – Ian Ricketts
- Macqueen – Bill Armour
- Angus – James Kennedy
- Stokes – Anthony Langdon
- Macpherson – Gerard Slevin Jr
- "The Freebooters". The West Australian. Perth. 3 October 1925. p. 15. Retrieved 13 September 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- ""JOHN MACNAB."". The Sunday Times. Perth. 22 November 1925. p. 12 Section: Second Section. Retrieved 13 September 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- Banks-Smith, Nancy (15 Apr 1976). "John Macnab". The Guardian. London (UK). p. 10.
- Review (in Scots)
- John Macnab on IMDb
- John MacNab at Faded Page (Canada)
- Complete novel at Project Gutenberg Australia
- Academic article on the novel
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