Sir Walter Scott biography :
Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter
Scott was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 14 August
1771 to Solicitor Walter Scott and his wife, Anne.
He had eleven siblings, however, six died in
infancy. Scott himself was a relatively sickly
child. He contracted polio, which rendered his right
leg almost useless. Despite this, Scott grew to be
over six feet tall and had exceptional physical
Scott did not start out as a poet, in fact, he
actually followed his father’s footsteps and started
out as a solicitor. He married Charlotte Margaret
Carpenter in 1797. Two years later, he was made
Sheriff of Selkirkshire in 1799, and held that
position until 1832, and it was during this time
that Scott began writing.
His first major work, Minstrelsy of the Scottish
Border was published between 1802 and 1803 but his
success as a poet was brought about by the
publication of The Lay of the Last Minstrel, which
was published in 1805. Since then, he composed and
published several books on poetry. The Lord of the
Isles, Scott’s last major poem, was released in
Aside from poetry, Scott also published several
novels, most notable of which include Rob Roy (1817)
and Ivanhoe (1819). Though Sir Walter Scott suffered
a stroke in the year 1830, he passed away two years
later on 21 September 1832. His remains are buried
in Dryburgh Abbey.
The words of Hail to the Chief, a march usually
played to honor the President of the United States,
are verses from Scott’s poem “The Lady of the Lake”.
James Sanderson (1769 – 1841) is credited for having
composed the accompanying melody.