British Railways carriage print of the 1950s, from an original artwork by Edward Mortelmans. Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was a Scottish novelist and poet. Originally trained as a lawyer, Scott began writing ballads in 1796, and had his first major work 'The Border Minstrelsy' published in 1802. He became one of the most popular authors of his day, and his ballads were followed by several novels, most notably 'Waverley' (1814) and 'Ivanhoe '(1819). Scott married Charlotte Charpentier at Carlisle Cathedral in Scotland on Christmas Eve, 1797.
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