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'From the Baskets of Travelling Pedlars' to Abbotsford: Scott’s Lifelong Love of Popular Print

Walter Scott writes that his collection of ‘stall tracts and ballads was formed … when a boy from the baskets of travelling pedlars’ and in doing so acknowledges his life-long interest in collecting cheap, popular chapbooks and pamphlets of the sort that were sold from stalls and door to door.  His library at Abbotsford contains around 3000 items of this sort, including material on fairy-tales, superstition, politics and song. Supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Walter Scott Research Centre has been working with the Abbotsford Trust and Faculty of Advocates Abbotsford Collection Trust to catalogue this material and explore its significance. This work has revealed that it is a remarkable collection in itself and one that offers us new insights into Scott’s enduring engagement with popular culture.  This exhibition showcases this material  and its significance for Scott’s work.

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01.03.2022 - 01.03.2023

Mon-Fri all day
Sat-Sun all day

Adults - Free
Concessions - Free
Under 14's - Free