Tagged with Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Bowed Davie’

Yet another snippet from Highways & Byways n the Border: Near the junction of the Tweed and Manor Water was a cottage made famous by Sir Walter Scott: Bowed Davie” [is] the original of Scott’s “Black Dwarf” of Mucklestane Muir. Sir Walter was staying at Hallyards, on Manor Water, in 1797 with his friend Adam … Continue reading

Selkirk’s French PoWs

This is some more from Highways & Byways on the border. I knew some Pows were kept in prisons, such as on Dartmoor, but officers were often let out on parole and some made lasting friendships with fellow educated folk in these islands, as they often came from good families. In their dealings with the … Continue reading

Border Towers Came in Threes

This is from Highways & Byways in The Border, Up the glen- the Fairy Dene, or Nameless Dene – formed by this stream [the Tweed] lies Glendearg, the ver described in the opening scenes of the Monastery [by Scott]. there are in fact, 3 towers in the glen Hillslap (now called Glendearg), Colmslie, and Langshaw. … Continue reading

A Murder Ballad

Old Oak has some great stories in it, and it is easy to imagine the appeal of ghost stories and murder ballads told round fires in mid winter: “Sir Walter Scott once declared that nothing was more dramatically effective than an old murder ballad. With anyone like all to recite it, I can well believe … Continue reading

Poetry versus Song

This is from the book John Clare by John Lucas, about an agricultural worker who gained some fame for his poetry in the early 19th century, at a time when his beloved countryside in Northamptonshire was being enclosed, and access was being criminalised. He suffered severe mental health problems and died n 1864. “In 1825 … Continue reading