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Our main August outing began with a substantial lunch in Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso, on our way to Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott.
Exceptional guide Nancy Marshall conducted us through the life and home of this remarkable man, who was not only a renowned author, but the youngest qualified advocate at the age of 21.
With his building of Abbotsford, he created a new style of architecture, known as Scottish Baronial.
An entrance hall, crammed with artefacts, led us to Scott’s study and on to his library – the two most important rooms in his life, housing 7,500 books.
His writings were assisted by the installation of gas lighting, the first private residence in the world to have this innovative light, which enabled him to work during the night.
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Sir Walter decorated his Chinese Drawing Room with the most remarkable wallpaper, specially commissioned from China, with each wall depicting a story through life.
The Armoury, his favourite room, showed what an enthusiastic hoarder he was of unusual weaponry.
In the Dining Room, although the 26-place table remains, the décor was much changed by descendants. It was in here that Sir Walter Scott died. Affected by a series of strokes whilst on a continental tour, he managed to return home and have a bed installed in this room, overlooking his beloved River Tweed.
Our next Get Together will be held in Tweedmouth Bowling Club, at 11am, on Wednesday, September 5.