Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott

1771 (Edinburgh) – 1832 (Abbotsford, Scotland)

Scott and Burns met just once, when Scott was sixteen. The Wordsworths visited Scott at Lasswade, outside Edinburgh. Mendelssohn, Turner, Irving, and Landseer visited him later at Abbotsford. Edgeworth corresponded, visited, and became a valued reader of his novels. Byron met him at their publisher’s in London, corresponded, and thought his work better than Coleridge’s and Wordsworth’s. Scott showed Lewis his translation of a gothic story by Goethe, enjoyed fireside conversations with Davy, was a close friend of Somerville, and when Crabbe visited, accidentally broke the glass that George IV had just toasted him with.