What is the legend regarding the Inchcape Rock, the base of the poem ‘The Inchcape Rock’ by Robert Southey?
The legend of the Inchcape Rock was that the rock had previously caused many shipwrecks. But the seamen had nothing to do. Finally the ‘good old Abbot of Aberbrothok’ had made a plan and placed a bell on it. The bell, swung by the tides, warned the passing ships of the presence of the rock there. That way the Inchcape Bell had saved many ship-men since then from that dangerous rock.
But a rover called Sir Ralph had an evil plan and he cut the bell down from the Inchcape Rock. Thereafter the rover had looted many ships that were caught in danger. But eventually Sir Ralph had to pay the price for his evil deeds. One day his own vessel lost its way in the gloom and struck the rock. The rover and his men died that way. It was a lesson for the mankind not to cause harm to others.