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Sir Walter Scott, Bart.(1771-1832)

Arms: Quarterly, first and fourth Or two stars and a crescent within an orle Azure, second and third Or on a bend Azure three mascles of the field and in sinister chief a buckle Azure, overall at the centre point the badge of a baronet, viz. an escutcheon Argent a sinister hand appaumeé couped at the wrist Gules.

SOURCE, NOTES and CREDITS: [1] Illustration, “An Outline of Heraldry in England and Scotland” by Robert Innes-Smith, The Pilgrim Press, Derby, 1986, page 13.
[2] Blazon text: “Ordinary of Scottish Arms”, Paul, 2nd Ed 1903 page pp 298 & 30
Blazon: Quarterly: 1st & 4th: 298, # 4413, Or two mullets in chief and a crescent in base Azure, within an orle of the Second (for Scott of Abbotsford )(1st matric.1820, second 1822 ) 2nd & 3rd: Page 30, #424, Or, on a bend Azure three mascles of the First, in sinister chief point a buckle of the Second (for Haliburton )(1st matric.1820, second was in 1822 ) Inescutcheon, copied from illustration of Innes-Smith: Argent a sinister human hand palm affronté couped at the wrist Gules ( in respect of his UK Baronetcy ), the blazon was reworked by J.H. Gaylor. Text is adapted from the Wikipedia article by D.Q. Wedvick.

Sir Walter Scot, Bart. The great nineteenth century Scots Romantic Author was born on 15 Aug 1771 in the “Old Town” of Edinburgh to a solicitor, had polio in 1773 which made him lame and which took him years of physical therapy to overcome. He met and spoke with Robert Burns once when he was 15 at a salon in the winter of 1786-87. He attended the University of Edinburgh and became a lawyer in 1790 and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1792. He started writing about 1796 at age 25 and for a good number of years wrote poetry and ballads and started his own printing press which ran into difficulties about 1812. He wrote his first novel “Waverley” a tale of the Forty-Five and the Jacobite rising to solve the cash problem which it did. And this was also the first of many novels. He bought, built and furnished Abbotsford, helped to re-discover the Honours of Scotland became a national figure of Scots Romanticism and managed the “Visit” of George IV to Edinburgh as an almost Prince Charlie type of figure. He was made a baronet and later ran into more financial difficulties and wrote furiously to get himself out of debt. This he did, but posthumously, dying on 21 Sep 1832, age 61.

The artwork is a rendering by John Hamilton Gaylor

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