Scott’s view – Gouache in a Watercolour Moleskine

An item in yesterday’s news announced that money has been found to restore the home of the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott. Abbotsford has needed major renovation for some time and its good news that the property will be made sound. Scott was, apart from writing, an avid collector of historical items and Abbotsford is full of ancient suits of armour, weapons such as swords and shields as well as his collection of over 9,000 books. Scott also liked the surrounding countryside and this view, of the Eildon Hills; near Melrose in the Scottish Borders was said to be his favourite. It is said that when Scott died his horses, pulling his hearse, stopped at this point for one last time. Although this sounds like romantic fiction there is probably some truth in this as the horses would be used to stopping here. The Scott Monument, which dominates Edinburgh’s Princes Street, is the tallest such structure in the country and perhaps one of the tallest in Europe.

Some scenes, from the Borders, including Abbotsford, are included in this set.