His father also called Walter was a Writer to the Signet solicitor ; his mother, Anne Rutherford, the daughter of a professor of medicine. Contracting polio at 18 months of ageyoung Walter was unable to play with other children, so his parents sent him to his grandfather's farm in the border country to the south of the city. For the remainder of his life, he divided his time between Edinburgh and the Borders.
Walter Scott was born on 15 August In January he returned to Edinburgh, and that summer went with his aunt Jenny to take spa treatment at Bath in England, where they lived at 6 South Parade. He was now well able to walk and explore the city and the surrounding countryside.
His reading included chivalric romances, poems, history and travel books. He was given private tuition by James Mitchell in arithmetic and writing, and learned from him the history of the Church of Scotland with emphasis on the Covenanters.
After finishing school he was sent to stay for six months with his aunt Jenny in Kelsoattending the local grammar school where he met James and John Ballantynewho later became his business partners and printed his books.
While at the university Scott had become a friend of Adam Ferguson, the son of Professor Adam Ferguson who hosted literary salons. During the winter of —87 the year-old Scott saw Robert Burns at one of these salons, for what was to be their only meeting. When Burns noticed a print illustrating the poem "The Justice of the Peace" and asked who had written the poem, only Scott knew that it was by John Langhorneand was thanked by Burns.
He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in He was an obsessive collector of stories, and developed an innovative method of recording what he heard at the feet of local story-tellers using carvings on twigs, to avoid the disapproval of those who believed that such stories were neither for writing down nor for printing.
He then published an idiosyncratic three-volume set of collected ballads of his adopted home region, The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. This was the first sign from a literary standpoint of his interest in Scottish history.
As a result of his early polio infection, Scott had a pronounced limp. He was described in as tall, well formed except for one ankle and foot which made him walk lamelyneither fat nor thin, with forehead very high, nose short, upper lip long and face rather fleshy, complexion fresh and clear, eyes very blue, shrewd and penetrating, with hair now silvery white.
Unable to consider a military career, Scott enlisted as a volunteer in the 1st Lothian and Border yeomanry. After their third son was born inthey moved to a spacious three-storey house built for Scott at 39 North Castle Street.
From Scott had spent the summers in a cottage at Lasswadewhere he entertained guests including literary figures, and it was there that his career as an author began.
There were nominal residency requirements for his position of Sheriff-Depute, and at first he stayed at a local inn during the circuit.
In he ended his use of the Lasswade cottage and leased the substantial house of Ashestiel6 miles 9. It was sited on the south bank of the River Tweedand the building incorporated an old tower house. John", and his poetry then began to bring him to public attention.Sir Walter Scott Biography Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List His father was a farmer and his mother, Anne Rutherford, was the daughter of Dr.
John Rutherford, who was one of the founders of the medical school of Edinburgh. Walter Scott. - Biography. Scott was a poet, novelist, ballad-collector, critic and man of letters, but is probably most renowned as the founder of the genre of the historical novel.
START HERE - Try searching a friend, relative, c Open 7 Days A Week · Background Checks · Public Records · Find The Truth. Biography of Sir Walter Scott. Sir Walter Scott was an author-lawyer, laboring at the law for over 30 years while writing "on the side" and proving extremely prolific.
Sir Walter Scott was born August 15, , in Edinburgh, Scotland, as the ninth child (and the fourth surviving) of Walter Scott, a solicitor, and.
Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, August 15, His father was a farmer and his mother, Anne Rutherford, was the daughter of Dr. John Rutherford, who was one of the founders of the medical school of Edinburgh.