Last night our resident Englishman and Scotophile, Ian Taylor, gave us all a comprehensive view of the life and times of the legendary writer Sir Walter Scott. Not content with mere encyclopedic knowledge (wikipedia is not sufficient for this scholar), he carried out detailed research on his own to provide a truly accurate picture of the great man! Arruff!

Born in 1771 (Walter Scot, that is not Ian) he was clearly a precocious child, starting high school aged 8 and attending Edinburgh University aged 12! A bit of a polymath, he studied the classics and law and spoke both French and German. With income streams from the law (without even practising), printing and publishing companies as well as his writing, he was certainly a man of his time. He was even made a baronet in 1821 for finding the the lost Scottish crown jewels! (Who even knew they were missing?). Arruff!


One of those few writers equally at home in both the world of poetry and prose. His publishing career stretched over 30 years. Some of his best known poetical works included ‘Marmion’ and ‘The Lady of the Lake’. While among his novels are featured ‘Ivanhoe’, ‘Rob Roy’ and the Waverley’ novels. Also an accomplished historian much of his literature was set in the past but he also diligently researched his contemporary work, visiting the battlefield of Waterloo only a week after the battle for his work ‘The Field of Waterloo’!

After tea we did a little flash fiction writing, loosely based on the works of Sir Walter. From tales of Abbots with habits to Pirates and their copy’s much amusement was had by all.

Oh well onwards and upwards.