Sir Walter Scott  

August 15, 1771 - September 21, 1832

Scottish novelist, Sir Walter Scott, was born in Edinburgh. Scott created and popularized historical novels such as Ivanhoe as well as writing much poetry. Scott’s amiability, generosity, and modesty made him popular with his contemporaries, as can be seen in The Life of Sir Walter Scott - edited from his memoirs in 1848 by J.G. Lockhart.

Sir Walter Scott was born in the College Wynd, Edinburgh, on the 15th of August, 1771, and was educated at the High School. Previous to entering the University, in November, 1783, he spent some weeks in Kelso, where he attended daily the public school. It was there that he became acquainted with the brothers James and John Ballantyne, with whom he subsequently entered into partnership in the printing and publishing business of Ballantyne and Co. In his fifteenth year he was indentured as an apprentice to his father. On the expiry of his apprenticeship, in 1790, he resolved to follow another branch of the legal profession; and having passed through the usual studies, was admitted, in 1792, a member of the Faculty of Advocates. On 16th December, 1799 he was appointed to the Sheriffdom of Selkirkshire, and in the same month married Charlotte Margaret Carpenter, daughter of John Carpenter of Lyons.

At an Emergency Meeting, held on Monday, the 2nd of March, 1801, Walter Scott was 30 years of age when he was initiated, passed, and raised in Lodge St. David. The minute of this meeting does not give the name of his proposer, but doubtless the fact of his father having been long and intimately connected with the lodge was an inducement to him to join it. There were also other reasons which may have influenced him. The M.W. Grand Master in 1801, The Earl of Dalkeith, afterwards Duke Charles of Buccleuch, who claimed "St. David’s" as his mother lodge, "had been participating in the military patriotism of the period, and had been thrown into Scott’s society under circumstances well qualified to ripen acquaintance into confidence."4 The Bros. James and John Ballantyne also were frequent attenders at the lodge, and Scott had been brought much into contact with them in connection with the publishing of the "Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border," the first two volumes of which were issued from the Kelso Press, in January, 1802.

Initiated, Passed & Raised: March 2, 1801
Lodge Saint David, No. 36, Edinburough, Hyndlords Close
Nether Bow