Walter Scott

Portrait by Thomas Lawrence, c. 1820s
Scott's childhood at Sandyknowes, in the shadow of Smailholm Tower, introduced him to the tales and folklore of the Scottish Borders
The Scott family's home in George Square, Edinburgh, from about 1778
Sketch of Scott c.1800 by an unknown artist
A copy of Scott's Minstrelsy, in the National Museum of Scotland
Right to left: numbers 39, 41 and 43 North Castle Street, Edinburgh. No 39 was the home of Sir Walter Scott from 1801
Sir Walter Scott, novelist and poet – painted by Sir William Allan
A Legend of Montrose, illustration from the 1872 edition
Sir Walter Scott by Robert Scott Moncrieff
"Edgar and Lucie at Mermaiden's well" by Charles Robert Leslie (1886), after Sir Walter Scott's Bride of Lammermoor. Lucie is wearing a full plaid.
George IV landing at Leith in 1822
Sir Walter Scott's grave at Dryburgh Abbey – the largest tomb is that of Sir Walter and Lady Scott. The engraved slab covers the grave of their son, Lt Col Sir Walter Scott. On the right is their son-in-law and biographer, John Gibson Lockhart.
Abbotsford House
Tomb of Walter Scott, in Dryburgh Abbey, photo by Henry Fox Talbot, 1844
The Abbotsford Family by Sir David Wilkie, 1817, depicting Scott and his family dressed as country folk, with his wife and two daughters dressed as milkmaids
The Scott Monument on Edinburgh's Princes Street
Statue by Sir John Steell on the Scott Monument in Edinburgh
Scott Monument in Glasgow's George Square
Statue on the Glasgow monument
Portrait by James Howe

Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright and historian.

- Walter Scott

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Old Mortality

First edition title page
Old Mortality on the Scott Monument, Edinburgh, sculpted by Andrew Currie
Sculpture of "Old Mortality and His Pony" at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia
'Old Mortality', Balmaclellan

Old Mortality is one of the Waverley novels by Walter Scott.

Marmion (poem)

First edition title page
Detail of the painting Lady Clara de Clare, inspired by original poem Marmion (William D. Washington).

Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field is a historical romance in verse of 16th-century Scotland and England by Sir Walter Scott, published in 1808.

Historical fiction

Literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting related to the past events, but is fictional.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, published 1869 and set 60 years before
Notre-Dame de Paris. 1482, Victor Hugo (1831)
The Fifth Queen, 1906-1908 by Ford Madox Ford is written about the 16th century

Historical fiction as a contemporary Western literary genre has its foundations in the early-19th-century works of Sir Walter Scott and his contemporaries in other national literatures such as the Frenchman Honoré de Balzac, the American James Fenimore Cooper, and later the Russian Leo Tolstoy.

Abbotsford, Scottish Borders

Historic country house in the Scottish Borders, near Galashiels, on the south bank of the River Tweed.

Abbotsford in 1880
Abbotsford by Henry Fox Talbot, 1844
Ground plan of Abbotsford.
A View of Abbotsford from across the Tweed, by Elizabeth Nasmyth
Visitors Centre, Abbotsford

Now open to the public, it was built as the residence of historical novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott between 1817 and 1825.

Genre fiction

Term used in the book-trade for fictional works written with the intent of fitting into a specific literary genre, in order to appeal to readers and fans already familiar with that genre.

Romance novels
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Scotland of Irish parents but his Sherlock Holmes stories have typified a fog-filled London for readers worldwide
Agatha Christie
J. R. R. Tolkien
Arthur C. Clarke
Terry Pratchett

Walter Scott defined it as "a fictitious narrative in prose or verse; the interest of which turns upon marvellous and uncommon incidents", whereas in the novel "the events are accommodated to the ordinary train of human events and the modern state of society".

University of Edinburgh

Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Interior dome of the McEwan Hall after restoration in 2017
Robert Rollock, Regent (1583–1586) and first principal (1586–1599) of the University of Edinburgh
Main buildings of King James' College in 1647, lying in a double courtyard on the lower left
The east facade of Old College facing onto South Bridge, as built in 1827. A dome similar to Adam's original design was added in 1887 by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson.
Plaque commemorating the Edinburgh Seven at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Buildings of the old Medical School at Teviot Place, photographed in the late 19th century
Exterior of the McEwan Hall
Teviot Row House, drawn by architect Sydney Mitchell in 1888
Facade of New College facing onto The Mound in 1910
Plaque honouring the Polish School of Medicine at the old Medical School
Spiral staircase inside of the Informatics Forum
The Lady Lawson Street entrance of Edinburgh College of Art
Interior courtyard of Old College
The Main Library viewed from The Meadows
Pollock Halls of Residence seen from Arthur's Seat
The view of the Holyrood campus
Princess Anne, current chancellor of the University of Edinburgh
Hugh Blair, first Regius Professor of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres appointed by King George III
Members of the medical faculty at Edinburgh in the first half of the 19th century
Old Surgical Hospital in Drummond Street, once part of the Royal Infirmary, today houses the university's Institute of Geography
Edinburgh graduation ceremony in the McEwan Hall
Playfair Library Hall in Old College
The former principal Sir Timothy O'Shea signed an agreement with Peking University in 2012
The Pleasance, one of EUSA's main buildings, is a theatre, bar, sports and recreation complex
Edinburgh University Music Society, performing Mahler in Greyfriars Kirk
The student-run Bedlam Theatre, home to the Edinburgh University Theatre Company
Peter Higgs, faculty at Edinburgh since 1960 and Emeritus Professor after retiring in 1996, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013.
Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister and consecutive 10-year-long Chancellor of the Exchequer, is an alumnus (MA '72, PhD '82) and former rector of the university.
Appleton Tower
Business School
Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Erskine Williamson Building, King's Buildings
thumb|Informatics Forum, School of Informatics
Roslin Institute
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, School of Medicine
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Robert Adam, neoclassical architect
J. M. Barrie, novelist and playwright
James Barry, surgeon
Thomas Bayes, statistician
Joseph Black, physicist and chemist
Richard Bright, physician, father of nephrology
Robert Brown, botanist, discovered Brownian motion
Thomas Carlyle, historian and satirist
Thomas Chalmers, political economist
Charles Darwin, naturalist and biologist
Adam Ferguson, philosopher and historian
David Hume, philosopher
James Hutton, geologist, father of modern geology
James Clerk Maxwell, mathematician and physicist
Richard Owen, biologist, coined the term dinosaur
Macquorn Rankine, engineer, founding contributor to thermodynamics
Benjamin Rush, signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence
Walter Scott, novelist and poet
James Young Simpson, physician
Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist and poet
Dugald Stewart, philosopher and mathematician
James Wilson, Founding Father of the United States
John Witherspoon, Founding Father of the United States
Thomas Young, polymath
New College
Edinburgh University Mountaineering Club at the cairn on Ciste Dhubh, 1964
Max Born, Tait Professor of Natural Philosophy at Edinburgh from 1936 to 1953, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954.
Business School

Inventor Alexander Graham Bell, naturalist Charles Darwin, philosopher David Hume, and physicist James Clerk Maxwell studied at Edinburgh, as did writers such as Sir J. M. Barrie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Waverley (novel)

First Edinburgh edition
Disbanded, Waverley in Highland garb, illustration to 1893 edition, by J Pettie.

Waverley; or, 'Tis Sixty Years Since is a historical novel by Walter Scott (1771–1832).

Rob Roy (novel)

Title page of 1st edition

Rob Roy (1817) is a historical novel by Walter Scott, one of the Waverley novels.

Scottish literature

Literature written in Scotland or by Scottish writers.

Three great men of Scottish literature: busts of Burns, Scott and Stevenson.
A page from the Book of Aneirin shows the first part of the text from the Gododdin c. sixth century.
Book of Deer, Folio 5r contains the text of the Gospel of Matthew from 1:18 through 1:21.
James I, who spent much of his life imprisoned in England, where he gained a reputation as a musician and poet.
William Alexander, statesman and author.
The first page of The Assembly by Archibald Pitcairne from the 1766 edition
Alan Ramsay, the most influential literary figure in early eighteenth-century Scotland
Robert Burns (1759–96) considered by many to be the Scottish national poet
Engraving of playwright Joanna Baillie
Walter Scott whose Waverley Novels helped define Scottish identity in the 19th century.
A bust of Hugh MacDiarmid sculpted in 1927 by William Lamb
Carol Ann Duffy the first Scottish Poet Laureate.

He helped inspire Robert Burns, considered by many to be the national poet, and Walter Scott, whose Waverley Novels did much to define Scottish identity in the nineteenth century.

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Senior antiquarian body of Scotland, with its headquarters in the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

The coat of arms of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, above the entrance to the former National Museum of Antiquities, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, the former prime minister, was elected the first President of the Society in 1780.
Sketch of Edinburgh made in 1544 looking south, showing the Netherbow Port between the High Street and the Canongate; published in the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1933.

Sir Walter Scott (1827 to 1829)