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Scott visited Hermitage many times, excavating part of the castle, and having his portrait painted with it behind him.
Working on his book The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Scott worked with Dr John Leyden - a writer, linguist and naturalist from Liddesdale - to collect local songs and stories.
Leyden contributed these lines, based on traditional tales of the Cout of Kielder - a giant knight, with an impenetrable suit of armour. The knight is said to have drowned in the burn at Hermitage, lured to the castle by the evil Lord Soulis.