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Scott, Walter, Sir

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Born: 1771 AD
Died: 1832 AD, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: Scottish
Categories: Writers

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1771 - Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on August 15th.

1786-1792 - Young Walter apprenticed to his father and became a solicitor.

1797 - He married Margaret Charpentier on December 25th, with whom he had five children.

1800 - He was a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

1802 - Walter Scott was fascinated by the culture and traditions of the Scottish Borders, and he published his first literary work, Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders.

1805 - His second work which made his name, The Lay of the Last Minstrel was an immensely successful poem.

1806 - Scott launched a publishing business with his friend James Ballantyne. The business proved unsuccessful, and Scott spent the rest of his life paying of the debts incurred by Ballantyne.

1808 - Scott followed this with further romantic poems, such as Marmion and The Lady in the Lake.

1810-1820 - Walter Scott published a succession of hugely popular historical novels, beginning with Waverly, Guy Mannering, and Ivanhoe.

1826 - The author of the famous books was revealed to be Sir Walter Scott.

1832 - Died from a stroke on September 21st in Abbotsford, Roxburgh, Scotland.

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