No. 575 Abbotsford - The Hall. G.W. Wilson, Photographer, Aberdeen. Early square cornered mount. An abundance of minute detail to examine with a magnifying glass in this view including two human skulls on the fireplace mantle on the right and a number of early black powder long guns standing in the corner. Abbotsford is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist, and author of timeless classics such as Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and The Lady of the Lake. In 1811 Sir Walter bought the property which was to become Abbotsford, set in the heart of the Scottish Borders, on the banks of the River Tweed near Melrose. The building of Abbotsford took six years, and was completed in 1824. William Atkinson was the chosen architect, and George Bulloch gave his advice on the furnishings, while local craftsmen carried out the work. The house was opened to the public in 1833, five months after Sir Walter's death, and has been enjoyed by visitors ever since. The house contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, (also Rob Roy's Gun and Montrose's Sword), and a library containing over 9,000 rare volumes. About VG+ to Exc- condition. Slt edgewear, vslt dirty, vslt light towards edges.
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