Born: August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Died: September 21, 1832 in Melrose, Scotland.
Scott was an internationally popular Scottish novelist, playright and poet of his time. He went to live with his paternal grandparents at the age of three to cure the lameness he had as a result of polio. There his aunt Jenny taught him to read which helped inspire and characterize his early work.
Scott became a lawyer, married and had five children.
In 1796 his friend, James Ballantyne opened a printing press which allowed him to publish some of his first works and become known. He wrote many poems in the next ten years.
He was offered the postion of Poet Laureate in 1813 but turned it down.
He eventually became partner in the printing press but with a banking crisis in 1829 he went bankrupt. He was determined not to receive help but wanted to write his way out of debt. After he passed away his writing continued to sell and the debts on his estate were discharged.
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