Relics and antiquarian treasures of Sir Walter Scott.

Portrait Sir Walter Scott. Battle of Maida. Deerhound Maida. Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet

Sir Walter Scott 1771-1832

Abbotsford – Residence of the English writer Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet of Abbotsford (1771-1832).

England Garden Architecture. Scottish Castle Abottsford, Landlord Home, Sir Walter Scott

Abottsford (Source Wikipedia)

From the book: Abbotsford, the personal relics and antiquarian treasures of Sir Walter Scott. Illustrated by William Gibb – Maxwell-Scott, Mary Monica (Hon), 1852-1920.

Relics and antiquarian treasures of Sir Walter Scott.


  1. The Purse of Rob Roy. Helen Macgregor`s brooch. Toadstone Amulet.
  2. Collection of antique knives and blades by Sir Walter Scott. 
  3. Border war horn and James VI.’s hunting-bottle.
  4. Sir Walter Scott’s body clothes. Coat, waistcoat, hat and walking stick.
  5. Rob Roy`s Sporran and Skene Dhu.
  6. Collection of antique pistols by Sir Walter Scott.
  7. Abbotsford hall door. A complete suit of feudal steel armor.
  8. French knight armor. The gigantic warrior of Bosworth Field.
  9. French Waterloo cuirasses and sword from the army of Emperor Napoleon I.
  10. Rob Roy`s Andrea Ferrara blade and old flint-lock gun.
  11. A purse worn by Sir Walter Scott.
  12. Sir Walter Scott`s Meerschaum Pipes, Spectacles, Case, Paper-Cutter.
  13. Abbotsford, desk and chair of Sir Walter Scott.

Abbotsford – Residence of the English writer Sir Walter Scott.

Abbotsfort was originally a small farm called Cartleyhole, near Melrose in the south of Scotland. Sir Walter Scott purchased the property in 1811. The name of Abbotsfort goes back to the nearby river Tweed and a ford crossed by the monks of the monastery of Melrose at this point the river to their lands. Literally the abbots of the ford. He integrated into the walls of the house many old sculptures and components from Scottish castle ruins and abbeys. The floor plan is a parallelogram with irregular contours. One side overlooks the River Tweed. The house is built in the style of the early Scottish Baronials with its oriel windows, battlements, towers and stepped gables. He founded a great library, a collection of furniture, arms and armor and other antiques of Scottish history. The property became famous quickly across national borders. In addition, he created the foundation by purchasing land for a park and exceptional aesthetic agricultural landscape. Under Abbotsford style is today understood Victorian carved oak furniture, which had become popular by the furniture of the Library of Abbotsford.

England Castle Abbotsford Library Sir Walter Scott

Abbotsford Study Room (Source Wikipedia)

The descendants of Sir Walter Scott, children of Scott’s daughter Sophia, opened in 1833 (a year after the death of Walter Scott) the gates of Abbotsford to the public. The great success of this enterprise, visible based on the unusually large influx of visitors from all over the world, led to an extension of the house and the adaptation of garden and landscape architecture. These early changes are now leading the way in terms of the history of tourism in the UK.


  1. “Pictures and Royal Portraits illustrative of English and Scottish History. 
  2. Armor in England from the 10th to the 18th century.
  3. Offensive and defensive armor and weapons.


  • Free Ebook online: Memoirs of the life of Sir Walter Scott
  • A detailed description of the drawings shown above can be found here
  • Read online or download as free Ebook in PDF format at the following: Abbotsford; the personal relics and antiquarian treasures of Sir Walter Scott. Illustrated by William Gibb (1893)  link.

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