What are you doing at 6pm tonight?

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Tonight, Sir Walter Scott will light up the night sky as Scotland celebrates the 250th anniversary celebrations of one of its most import literary sons.

statue of Walter Scott in Edinburgh
the Scott statue in Edinburgh, one of many memorials to the man who might be said to have created Scottish tourism

Apart from introducing us to Ivanhoe, Rob Roy and Quentin Durward into almost everyday knowledge he was probably the most famous poet of the very early years of the nineteenth century and the man responsible for having many operas created from his work.

The pageants and spectacles he created about Scotland and its “history” brought the nation to a wider audience. It is hard to underestimate his influence and his impact on and for Scotland. According to the website of the house in which he lived, Scott “popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country’s Crown Jewels.”

Attracting the Prince Regent and others to Scotland is Scott also the man who began Scottish tourism?

It was in the Scottish borders that he made his home at what became Abbotsford. Born in Edinburgh he was sent to live with his grandparents on their farm, Sandyknowe for two years in the Birders to help him recover from polio. Next to the farm is a previous family home, Smailholm Tower which even then a ruin.

As a married and successful man, Scott returned to the Borders to raise his growing family and started developing Abbotsford but, as it was then, the farmhouse was too small for a growing family so more land was bought, the house was enlarged and the family continued to live in a wing until 2004.

As well as the light show tonight you will be able to see the world premiere of a brand-new short film of the Young Scott, created by video artist, Andy McGregorand which will projected onto Smailholm Tower.

Why tonight and not in August when the actual 250th anniversary of Scott’s birth occurred?

Because today is World Storytelling Day and Scot is one of the great storytellers of all time.

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