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Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright, and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and Scottish literature. Famous titles include The Lady of the Lake (narrative poem) and the novels Waverley, Old Mortality (or The Tale of Old Mortality), Rob Roy, The Heart of Mid-Lothian, The Bride of Lammermoor, and Ivanhoe.
Although primarily remembered for his extensive literary works and his political engagement, Scott was an advocate, judge and legal administrator by profession, and throughout his career combined his writing and editing work with his daily occupation as Clerk of Session and Sheriff-Depute of Selkirkshire.
Scott's knowledge of history, and his facility with literary technique, made him a seminal figure in the establishment of the historical novel genre, as well as an exemplar of European literary Romanticism. His impact can also be felt in the modern English language. Fond of adapting colloquial phrases, many of the unique expressions come from Scott’s works. These include ‘caught red-handed’, ‘cold shoulder’, ‘blood is thicker than water’, ‘flotsam and jetsam’, and ‘tongue in cheek’.
The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.
ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·2 POUNDS·
Depicts Walter Scott in a portrait alongside lettering, date below. The letters are a combination of distinctive Gothic lettering from the chapel at Abbotsford alongside some lettering used by Scott in the entrance to his home. The portrait was inspired by the sculpture of Scott that sits within his monument on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
250th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH
Depicts a phrase from Walter Scott's poetry 'The Lady of the Lake' (1810).
THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE