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    Mary, Queen of Scott's Fascination

    17th Jan 2019

    Here at Abbotsford, we like to continue Sir Walter Scott’s tradition of championing stories from Scotland’s rich and chequered past. In the last six months, two of Scotland’s most famous ...

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    A Glimpse into Turner's Mind

    17th Oct 2018

    As a legacy of the Turner Bequest in 1856, the Tate became home to a vast collection of sketchbooks that belonged to the artist J. M. W. Turner. These private notebooks offer a unique insight into the...

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    • history, walled garden, Dame Jean, Patricia Maxwell Scott

    Memories of Abbotsford - Unexpected Souvenirs

    27th Sep 2018

    Historic houses give us an insight into the lives of those who built and lived in them over the centuries. We believe that the stories we tell should not only be informed by what we find inside these ...

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    • restoration, collection
    • walter scott, collections

    It wouldn’t be a birthday without embarrassing baby pictures...

    15th Aug 2018

    Like many of us, Scott was not terribly enthusiastic about growing old. In his diary, he remarked disapprovingly that ‘the outside of my head is waxing grizzled but I cannot find that the snow has ...

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    • history, Patricia Maxwell Scott

    Memories of Abbotsford - Discovering the Borderlands

    31st Jul 2018

    Historic houses give us an incredible insight into the lives of those who occupied them over the centuries. We believe that the stories we tell should not only be informed by what we find inside these...

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    • history
    • wedding, weddings at abbotsford
    • Hope Scott Wing sitting room, Abbotsford Accommodation
    • exhibition
    • exhibition, turner
    • Family Fun

    It's our Birthday! Looking back on 5 Years with 5 Highlights

    17th Jul 2018

    Time flies when you’re working hard and the years have certainly flown by at Abbotsford. It has been 11 years since the founding of The Abbotsford Trust and this July, we celebrate 5 years since ...

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    • gala day
    • history
    • history, Patricia Maxwell Scott

    Hurray for the Braw Lad and Braw Lass!

    28th Jun 2018

    Excitement is mounting as we look forward to welcoming Braw Lad Greg Kellie, Braw Lass Kimberley O’May and their Attendants Greg, Amy, Mark and Alex to Abbotsford as part of the Galashiels Braw Lads...

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    • scotts study

    The Top 3 Works by Scott - As Voted by our Volunteers

    14th Jun 2018

    For the 2018 Borders Book Festival, we asked our volunteers for their opinion: With an oeuvre spanning a variety of genres, topics and styles, it is difficult to pinpoint which are Scott's best works...

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    On Scott's Circle of Friends

    23rd Apr 2018

    Scott’s circle of friends encompassed lords and ladies of the very highest rank, just as much as it did business partners and the men and women working on his estate and in the household. ...

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    • history, walled garden, Dame Jean, Patricia Maxwell Scott
    • Patricia, Dame Jean, South Court

    Memories of Abbotsford

    25th Jun 2017

    History isn’t simply about the four walls of that place you visit on your day out. It’s very much about the feeling you get standing in those four walls, and at Abbotsford, it’s that feeling of ...

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    44 Scotland Street - A significant spurtle

    12th Apr 2017

    Abbotsford is delighted to be featured in one of the latest chapters of 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith. We are delighted to share the chapter ahead of the publication of the latest book ...

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    • estate
    • learning
    • history, collection

    The next step

    29th Nov 2016

    The continuing challenge for Abbotsford is to safeguard the long term future of the iconic building that Scott created and that is the physical manifestation of the imagination of a man so important ...

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    • exhibition, collection
    • history, collection
    • garden, south court, sun dial

    And Time Stood Still...

    24th Nov 2016

    We've reached that time of the year when many take a few moments to reflect on their experiences. We take so many aspects of our time for granted, yet as we reach the final months, it all seems to...

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    • estate
    • Hope Scott Wing sitting room, Abbotsford Accommodation

    Wrap Yourself in Autumn

    4th Oct 2016

    Scott loved autumn at Abbotsford, and taking a walk around the woodlands of the estate and along the banks of the Tweed, it’s easy to see why. Before the leaves slowly start falling one by one, the ...

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    • harp, painting
    • chinese drawing room
    • anne scott
    • harp, drawing room

    A Tale of Two Harps

    16th Jun 2016

    Our collections tend to be fairly static because of their very nature; we are not a Walter Scott museum and don't buy filler material on a theme or on the man as a general rule. We exist to showcase ...

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    • rave reviewer, abbotsford exhibition

    Rave Reviewer: On the Evolution of an Exhibition

    28th Mar 2016

    My apologies for going completely dark; the closure season seemed to go past in the blink of an eye! We achieved a great deal over the winter, hand-cleaning all of Scott’s books, waxing all of the ...

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    • scotts study
    • entrance hall

    Winter is Coming

    22nd Nov 2015

    As we have a good old British grumble about the first chilly spell of the winter, I couldn't resist naming this post after the famous phrase from George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of ...

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    • armoury

    Things that go Bump in the Night

    30th Oct 2015

    ‘The ghost nowhere makes his appearance so well as with you.’ So declared the first Englishman to translate Leonore, Gottfried August Bürger’s blood-curdling tale of a bereaved fiancée ...

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    • chapel
    • anne scott

    Restoring a Great Unknown

    21st Sep 2015

    This blog post supports the monument campaign of the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club. "We laid her there, the Minstrel's darling child"... On the anniversary of Scott’s death, it feels like...

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    • theatre, events at abbotsford

    A Birthday to Remember

    21st Aug 2015

    There is always a buzz amongst staff and volunteers at Abbotsford on Scott's birthday. It's a particularly beautiful day today, and, having just hosted a wonderful outdoor theatre performance of ...

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    • exhibition
    • old estate map

    The Ground Beneath Our Feet

    15th Jul 2015

    Well, the 25th national Festival of Archaeology is just getting underway, so it got me thinking about a side of Scott's antiquarian pursuits that perhaps doesn't get as much coverage as it should: his...

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    Field Marshal Bluecher's Tiny Teapot and Other Adventures

    16th Jun 2015

    Earlier this week, our volunteers were treated to a trip up to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. As with all staff get-togethers, it was long overdue and offered a rare opportunity for ...

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    • library
    • armoury

    On This Day in History

    25th May 2015

    Every now and then, it's rather fun to pick up Sir Walter Scott's Journal or peruse a collection of letters and find out what was happening on a particular date during his life. We haven't done this ...

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    • estate
    • old estate map

    My plantations are getting all into green leaf...

    14th May 2015

    "My plantations are getting all into green leaf..." Sir Walter Scott's diary entry on 7/4/1826 The weather this week has warmed up, and is pretty typical of April rather than May, it seems: ...

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    Scott on Waterloo

    29th Apr 2015

    'Bones of horses , quantities of old hats, rags of clothes, scraps of leather and fragments of books and papers strewed the ground in great profusion...' This was the sight that greeted Sir Walter on...

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    • library

    Bookish Banter

    14th Apr 2015

    On the 23rd April many countries around the world will be celebrating World Book Day (something that the UK has done in recent years a month earlier). This date was originally chosen to coincide with ...

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    • abbotsford

    Welcome to our Blog

    2nd Apr 2015

    Hello and a very warm welcome to our very first blog post on behalf of the Abbotsford Heritage and Engagement team! Here at Sir Walter Scott's 'Conundrum Castle', quite literally stuffed to the ...

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