Today its head is Richard Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch (pronounced buck-loo), whose home is at Bowhill, near Selkirk
His most well known titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Heart of Midlothian, Waverley, Lady of the Lake and The Bride of Lammermuir He was acclaimed as the inventor of the modern historical novel. nvolving tales of gallantry and romance.
Today the pretigious annual Sir Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is awarded at Melrose Book Festival presented in a ceremony at Scott's historic home of Abbotsford.
|Smailholm Tower, near Kelso|
Scott's home at Abbotsford, on the banks of the River Tweed, near Melrose is now a major visitor attraction major visitor attraction where you can see his library of over 9000 volumes, his writing desk and his treasure trove of Scottish artifacts and history. Last year a new visitor centre, telling the story of his life, was opened by the Queen
|Abbotsford in 1880|
Sir Walter Scott died in 1832 and is buried in Dryburgh Abbey.
En route his funeral cortege stopped at his favourite spot which became known as SCOTTS VIEW. It remains the economic image of the Scottish Borders.
|Scott's View with dusk over the Eildon Hil|
"This is my own, my native land"
Turnbulls & Thomas the Rhymer
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