Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, FRSE was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America.
Contemporary history is a subset of modern history which describes the historical period from approximately 1945 to the present.
Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past.
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Scott's novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature.
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Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Old Mortality, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.
Ivanhoe is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott, first published in 1820 in three volumes and subtitled A Romance.
Old Mortality is a novel by Sir Walter Scott set in the period 1679–89 in south west Scotland.
Although primarily remembered for his extensive literary works and his political engagement, Scott was an advocate, judge and legal administrator by profession, and throughout his career combined his writing and editing work with his daily occupation as Clerk of Session and Sheriff-Depute of Selkirkshire.
An advocate is a type of professional person in several different legal systems and it is also a commonly used honorific for remarkable lawyers, such as in "Adv.
The Principal Clerk of Session and Justiciary is the law clerk responsible for the administration of the Supreme Courts of Scotland.
A sheriff court provides local court service in Scotland, with each court serving a sheriff court district within a sheriffdom.
A prominent member of the Tory establishment in Edinburgh, Scott was an active member of the Highland Society and served a long term as President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
A Tory holds a political philosophy based on a British version of traditionalism and conservatism, which upholds the supremacy of social order as it has evolved throughout history.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 local government council areas.
The Royal Society of Edinburgh is Scotland's national academy of science and letters.