Bid made for Scott’s home af­ter one day

The Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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