Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet FRSE FSAScot (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832), was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright, and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and Scottish literature. Famous titles include the novels Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Waverley, Old Mortality (or The Tale of Old Mortality), The Heart of Mid-Lothian and The Bride of Lammermoor, and the narrative poems The Lady of the Lake and Marmion.


Walter Scott

Portrait of Sir Walter Scott and his deerhound, "Bran" in 1830 by John Watson Gordon
Born15 August 1771
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died21 September 1832(1832-09-21) (aged 61)
Abbotsford, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Occupation
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Period19th century
Literary movementRomanticism
SpouseCharlotte Carpenter (Charpentier)
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Although mainly remembered for his extensive literary works and political engagement, Scott was an advocate, judge and legal administrator by profession. Throughout his career he combined his writing and editing work with his daily work as Clerk of Session and Sheriff-Depute of Selkirkshire. He was prominent in the Tory establishment in Edinburgh, an active member of the Highland Society, for a long term president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1820–1832) and a vice president of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1827–1829).[1] Scott's knowledge of history and facility with literary technique made him a seminal figure in the establishment of the historical novel genre, and an exemplar of European literary Romanticism.

He was created a baronet "of Abbotsford in the County of Roxburgh", Scotland, in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 22 April 1820, which title became extinct on the death of his son the 2nd Baronet in 1847.