Sir Walter Scott



Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was born in Edinburgh and trained as a lawyer and was the county sheriff of Selkirk for 33 years until his death in 1832.  He wrote many novels and poems including over 20 historical novels including Waverley and Ivanhoe. In 1813 he declined the offer of the poet laureateship of England. He used his wealth to construct his home "Abbotsford" near Selkirk, which is open to the public.

The Rover's Adieu

A weary lot is thine, fair maid,
A weary lot is thine!
To pull the thorn thy brow to braid,
And press the rue for wine.
A lightsome eye, a soldier's mien,
A feather of the blue,
A doublet of the Lincoln green—
No more of me ye knew,
My Love!
No more of me ye knew.

'This morn is merry June, I trow,
The rose is budding fain;
But she shall bloom in winter snow
Ere we two meet again.'
—He turn'd his charger as he spake
Upon the river shore,
He gave the bridle-reins a shake,
Said 'Adieu for evermore,
My Love!
And adieu for evermore.'

Sir Walter Scott

Photographs from Scott's view near St. Boswells.

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Scott's view of the Eildons

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Scott's view of the River