2021 is the year to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), considered one of the most influential Scots in history, he captured the spirit of Scotland in his literary works, which are still appreciated around the world today. Interestingly, various phrases in our English language can be attributed to his writings, such as ‘caught red-handed’, ‘cold shoulder’, ‘blood is thicker than water’ and ‘tongue in cheek’!
Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh, but spent much of his youth in the Scottish Borders. Whilst he first made a name for himself with his poetry, he published his first novel ‘Waverley’ anonymously in 1814, the initial print run selling out after just 2 days! He wrote a further 27 novels which included classics such as Ivanhoe and Rob Roy.
The Scott Monument in Edinburgh is a sight to behold! Dominating the skyline, this huge Gothic tower built of sandstone is 200ft 6 inches high and contains a spiralling staircase of 287 steps. Beneath the huge arches sits a marble sculpture of Sir Walter Scott and his beloved dog ‘Maida’.
This year the Royal Mint are commemorating the Queen’s 95th birthday with a new £5 coin, one of 5 new coins to be released, which includes in the collection a new £2 coin to mark the 250th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s birth.
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