April 07, 2006
This monument, dedicated to one of Scotland's greatest authors, Sir Walter Scott can be found (well, it can hardly be missed) on Princes Street - Edinburgh's main shopping street and bus racecourse! Sir Walter Scott was probably THE great Scottish writer of the 19th century. He wrote novels such as 'Waverley', 'The Fair Maid of Perth', 'Rob Roy', 'The Heart of Midlothian' and 'Ivanhoe' as well as translating works by Goethe into English. He was also pretty much responsible for creating the image of Scotland as we are seen today - the tartan shortbread tin image, as I like to call it. He was much loved in Georgian and Victorian Britain, and fought hard and successfully for Scotland to retain its distinctive nationhood, education and legal system despite union with England. Thanks to Scott, the idea of referring to Scotland as North Britain never took hold.
Posted by G Fraser at 09:52