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War-song of Lachlan, High Chief of Maclean
(from the Gaelic)
Saint-Cloud (written in September, 1815) ib.
Romance of Dunois (from the French).
From the French-It chanced that Cupid on
Song, for the Anniversary Meeting of the Pitt
Club of Scotland
Song, on the lifting of the Banner of the
House of Buccleugh, at a great Football-
Match on Carterhaugh
The Death of keeldar .
Farewell Address, Spoken at the Edinburgh
Theatre by Mrs Henry Siddons, April, 1830. 490
Lines in the Album at the Bell-Rock Lighthouse. ib.
:: The Figures between parentheses, thus (1), refer to Notes at the end of each Poem : those marked thus, 'to
Notes at the bottom of the page.
Memoir of Sir Walter Scott.
Sir Walter Scott, descended from one of the through life, and whose loss he sincerely lamentmost ancient families of Scotland the Scotts of ed. Of his early pursuits little is known, except Harden, is the eldest surviving son of a gentle that he evinced a genius for drawing landscapes man of the same name, who was an eminent after nature.- At a proper age he was sent to writer to the signet at Edinburgh, where the the High School at Edinburgh, then directed subject of this sketch was born, August 15, 1771. by Dr Alexander Adam. In this school, young His mother was Miss Rutherford, daughter of an Scott passed through the different forms witheminent physician. Many biographers have fal- out exhibiting any of those extraordinary powers len into the error of confounding this Miss Ru- of genius, which are seldom remembered till the therford with another lady of the same name who person to whom they are ascribed has become, afterwards obtained some success as an authoress. by the maturity of his talents, an object of disSir Walter Scott alludes to this mistake in the tinction. It is said, that he was considered in following passage appended as a note to his Re- his boyhood rather heavy than otherwise, and marks on Popular Poetry :
that the late Dr Hugh Blair had discernment I cannot here suppress some complaint of the enough to predict his future eminence, when Dewspapers of my own native city, which have the master of the school lamented his dulness ; repeatedly stated my mother to be the daughter but this only affords another instance of the falof Mrs Scott of Wauchope, born Miss Rutherford, lacy of human opinion in pronouncing upon the and daughter of a gentleman of good family of real capacity of the youthful understanding.' Barthat name, who was a writer to the signet. row, the greatest scholar of his age, was discarded Mrs Scott of Waachope was authoress of Corah as a blockhead by successive teachers; and his and other poems, and a correspondent of Burns. pupil, the illustrious Newton, was declared to be My mother was fond of poetry, but contented fit for nothing but to drive the team, till some herself with admiring what she never dreamed friends succeeded in getting him transplanted 10 of imitating. Dr Rutherford, her father, was a college. inan of high reputation in his time, and one of We learn however from himself that, although the four pupils of the celebrated Boerhaave, who not distinguished by application to the routine of first brought the University of Edinburgh into school business, the mind of Walter Scott was not public potice, as a school of medicine. The error inactive, and the future magician of the north was which I have noticed, is of very little consequence already able to rivet the attention of his schoolin itself, but surely when it is thought worth fellows by spells as potent, in the circle of their while to mention so trivial a subject, some little influence, as the maturer efforts of his genius, care might be taken to make it accurate. Mrs by which he has brought the whole world within Scott of Wauchope, instead of being my grand- the sphere of his enchantment, bave proved to be mother, was as young as my mother, her sup- in theirs. He thus alludes to this circumstance in posed daughter. The only points in common be the Preface to the last edition of the Waverley Notween the ladies were, that they were both born vels:-of the respectable name of Rutherford, and both changed it by marriage for that of Scott. The 1 The prediction of Dr Blair, here alluded to, arose out circumstance is not much worth notice, but the of the following circumstances. Shortly after Dr Paterson author is rather too okl to be stolen from his succeeded to the grammar-school, Musselburgh, where
Walter Scott was a short time a pupil, Blair, accompanied parents..
by some friends, paid him a visit; in the course of which Walter, from the tenderness of his constitution, he examined several of his pupils
, and paid particular and the circumstance of his lameness, occasioned attention to young Scott. Dr Paterson thought it was the by a fall from his nurse's arms at two years of youth's stupidity that engaged the doctor's notice, and age, was in a great measure brought up at home, said, « My predecessor tells me, that boy has the thickest
skull in the school.»» « May be so,» replied Dr Blair, « but under the immediate care and instruction of this through that thick skull I can discern many bright rays excellent parent, to whom he was much attached of future genius. »