- Museum number
Bronze medal. (whole)
Bare head of Sir Walter Scott, right. (obverse)
Various objects, such as a claymore, helm, harp and shield, indicative of Scott's novels, date below. (reverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 40.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Brown 1980 states:
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), novelist and poet, born in Edinburgh and son of Walter Scott (1729-99), writer to the Signet. Scott made many excursions into the Scottish countryside collecting ballads. A prolific writer of songs, ballads and novels set in Scotland, the greatest of these latter being 'Waverley', 'Rob Roy' and 'Redgauntlet'. Considered to be one of the world's greatest novelists, he was sometimes able by means of a strict regimen, to write a novel in three months. In his later years, Scott was forced to work extremely hard in order to repay debts of some £130,000 for which he was liable as a result of the bad management of his estate and the ruin of his publishers. Both his novels and his health suffered as a result of this desire to meet his creditors and the death of his wife and his grandson in 1831 dealt Scott a blow from which he never really recovered.
In 1820 (1st April) Scott was granted the dignity of Baronet and it is possible that this event was the reason for the issue of this medal.
Bibliography: Cochran-Patrick, R. W., 'Catalogue of the Medals of Scotland from the earliest period to the present time', Edinburgh, 1884, 120/63.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Jubilee of the Birth of Sir Walter Scott, 1821
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB3 (Brown 1) (283) (1165)