Sir Walter Scott’s star shines at Bowhill – It’s getting on for 180 years since the familiar figure of Sir Walter Scott was last seen in the Scottish Borders – his untimely death in 1832 bringing his own remarkable story to a close.
However, his presence in the Scottish Borders region is still immense and he would be thrilled to know that he was continuing to enrich local life, this time as best seller for the region’s tourism industry.
He was a frequent visitor to Bowhill, the ancient seat of the Scott and Buccleuch families, and was a guardian of Duke Walter, 5th Duke of Buccleuch, to inherited the title when he was only 13-years-old.
The Sir Walter Scott Room at Bowhill is a tribute to the man and his connections with the Buccleuch family.
The room displays portraits, including Sir Henry Raeburn’s 1826 portrait of Scott, and relics associated with the author. They sit alongside items connected with another important literary figure, James Hogg, who was a good friend of Scott’s.
The showcase includes plaids worn by Scott and Hogg together with some of their manuscripts and proof editions. These include Scott’s Lay of the Last Minstrel dedicated to Charles, 4th Duke of Buccleuch, whom he claimed as his clan chief.
Other works by Scott include The Life of Napolean, Tales of a Grandfather and Raising the Banner which refers to the first ever game of rugby football. The game was organised by Scott and Duke Charles at Carterhaugh in 1814 – long before it was played at Rugby School.
Pictured: Richard, 10th Duke of Buccleuch in the Sir Walter Scott room at Bowhill.
Bowhill, a couple of miles drive out of Selkirk, is open daily throughout July and August with tours from 1pm to 3-30pm.
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