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|Sir Walter Scott
lawyer-turned-author best known for writing novels based on historical events
Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on August 15, 1771. He spent his early years at Sandy-Know, the residence of his paternal grandparents. There his grandmother told him tales of old heroes, and these renditions awakened in him a love and admiration for the old Border tales and ballads. He attended Edinburgh High School and studied at Edinburgh University.
Apprenticed to his father, a solicitor, in 1786, Scott was called to the bar in 1792. In 1799, he was appointed Sheriff Depute of the County of Selkirk, and he became clerk to the Court of Session in Edinburgh in 1806. To increase his income, Scott started a printing and publishing business with a friend. After the enterprise crashed, he accepted all debts and tried to pay them off with his writings. He was created a baronet in 1820.
In the 1820's Scott founded the Bannatyne Club, which published old Scottish documents.
He died in England on September 21, 1832, and was buried beside his ancestors in Dryburgh Abbey.
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802-03)
Waverley (1814)--dealing with the rebellion
Other Historical Novels
Guy Mannering (1815)
Halidon Hill (1822)
translated into English Gottfried Bürger's ballads The Wild Huntsman and Lenore, as well as Goetz of Berlichingen from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play (1799)
Life of Napoleon (1827)--published in 9 volumes
Married Margaret Charlotte Charpenter in 1797. The couple had five children. Lady Scott died in 1826.
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