Bid made for Scott’s home after one day
THE former home of literary great Sir Walter Scott is under offer just a day after it went up for sale.
The two-bedroom basement flat, part of the writer’s former Edinburgh residence, went on the market on Thursday at offers over £465,000.
Scott enjoyed all four storeys of the unconverted New Town property with his wife, Charlotte Carpenter, and their children, Charlotte, Sophia, and Walter, from 1802.
A source at sellers Knight Frank said: “The property is now under offer.
“Someone already on our books was looking for a property in that area.”
The family lived in the Georgian property, 39 North Castle Street, until 1826, when he became bankrupt.
Scott recorded his “retrograding” departure from the property in his journal, bidding farewell to his home and Edinburgh.
He wrote: “This morning I leave No. 39 Castle Street for the last time...and habit had made it agreeable to me.”
Scott, who was clerk to the Court of Session, added: “I never reckoned upon a change in this particular so long as I held an office in the Court of Session.
“In all my former changes of residence it was from good to better; this is retrograding.
“I leave this house for sale, and I cease to be an Edinburgh citizen, in the sense of being a proprietor, which my father and I have been for sixty years at least.
“So farewell, poor 39, and may you never harbour worse people than those who now leave you . ... ”
SIR WALTER SCOTT: Lived in the house until 1826.