Belonging

A proud Borderer and a patriotic Scot.

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VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Scott was an internationally curious individual, deeply receptive to the stories and experiences of other cultures and times; so much so that he collected artefacts and studied materials from across the world.

He travelled extensively in his imagination through these pursuits and by hearing and reading the stories and travel accounts of others, even though his own physical travels were limited by unrelenting work schedules and poor health. This unfailing curiosity and willingness to make links between peoples, places and customs meant that he was able to appreciate the bigger picture of the human story in unique and refreshing ways.

 

And yet, he would always consider himself a patriotic Scot and a Scottish Borderer above all else, wedded to the land that had once been home to his reiver (outlaw) ancestors centuries before. When he had the financial opportunity to create Abbotsford, his baronial seat by his beloved River Tweed, he chose to celebrate his own roots and those of others descended from the people of the Borders in the decorative schemes of the interiors. His principal objective in his novels set in Scotland, was to show the world that his country had a noble, proud history and a distinctive national character.

Throughout an extensive writing career, spanning 28 novels and a string of epic poems, Scott endeavoured to show that a sense of place creates distinctive cultural identities, and that regional character and traditions can co-exist alongside oneanother to create a rich national tapestry.

It is part of my creed that the Tweed and the Teviot yield to none…

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