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Walter Scott was a collector of histories, and stored up historic gossip about Scotland's nobility, and set part of his epic 1808 poem Marmion at Crichton Castle.
Scott wrote a lament for those fickle fortunes which changed Crichton’s 'lordly gallery fair’ into a ruin where cattle and sheep seek shelter.
He also wrote an anecdote about Francis Stewart, 5th Earl of Bothwell – the man who remodelled Crichton Castle – and his rather macho way of proving his strength.