American Friends

For a country he never visited, Sir Walter Scott left a profound impression on America.

He was visited by Washington Irving at his home in Abbotsford when the brilliantly satirical writer was investigating the Old World, and reading the poem The Lady of the Lake gave abolitionist writer Frederick Douglass his nom de plume.

His poems were so widely appreciated that Hugh Henry Brackenridge wrote to Scott to ask his name be ‘alluded to in some of your divine verses’. The success of his novel Waverley inspired Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, Edgar Allan Poe’s first forays into fiction, as well as Zane Grey, who thought Waverley was the first genuine cowboy book.

You can help us by becoming an American Patron of Abbotsford. There are three entry points for American Patrons as follows:

Platinum Gold Silver
$20,000 per annum $10,000 per annum $5,000 per annum

To find out more about the American Patrons Scheme, please contact the Abbotsford Trust’s Chief Executive, Giles Ingram via telephone on +44 1896 752043 or by email at

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