Sir Walter Scott



Sir Walter Scott is buried in Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland.

Tomb of Walter Scott

Scott spent his last days at his house in Abbotsford, Roxburghs. He requested to be moved to the dining room in order to have a clear view of his beloved River Tweed from the window.

He died  on the 21 September 1832 and was buried in the already derelict Dryburgh Abbey - a spot he identified at an early age as his resting place.

Scott wrote most his poetry during the period 1805-1813 including The Lay of the Last Minstrel, Marmion and The Lord of the Isles. From 1813 onwards Scott turned his attention to novel writing.

In 1813 Scott refused the offer of the Laureateship, and recommended instead Robert Southey for the honour.

In 1826 John Ballantyne & Co - a printing and publishing company of which he was a partner - went bankrupt. Scott shouldered much of the 114,000 debt and had to work frantically to repay the money. The stress was thought to have contributed to his death in 1832.

Scott is also commemorated in Clovenfords, Selkirk, Smailholm, Edinburgh and in 'Poets' Corner', Westminster Abbey London.

See also romanticism.

O, young Lochinvar is come out of the west,
Through all the wide Border his steed was the best;
And save his good broadsword he weapons had none,
He rode all unarmed, and he rode alone.

Lochinvar  (complete poem)

Dryburgh Abbey
Photograph by David Dukes


Sir Walter Scott

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