SirSir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world during his time. Born in Edinburgh, the son of a wealthy Scottish lawyer John Walter ( ) and Anna Rutherford ( ), the daughter of a professor of medicine at Edinburgh University. Was the ninth child in the family, but when he was six months, only three survived. In a family of 13 children, six survived.
His childhood was closely associated with the Scottish borderlands (Scottish Borders), where he spent time on his grandfather's farm in Sendinou, as well as in the house of his uncle, near Kelso. Despite his handicap, at a young age hit around a lively mind and a phenomenal memory. In 1778, he returned to Edinburgh. Since 1779 studies at the Edinburgh school, in 1785, comes at Edinburgh College. The college became interested in mountaineering, physically stronger, and gained popularity among his peers as an excellent storyteller. I read a lot, including the ancient authors, was fond of novels and poetry, especially by traditional ballads and legends of Scotland. Together with his friends at the college organized "Poetic Society", studied German language and are familiar with the works of German poets.
Walter Scott began his career with the poetry. The first literary performances W. Scott is at the end of 90-s of the XVIII century: in 1796 he published translations of two ballads German poet G. Burger "Lenore" and "Wild Hunter", and in a translation of the drama by Goethe "Goetz von Berlichingen. " The first original piece of the young poet became romantic ballad "Ivanov evening"