To mark the 250th anniversary of his birth, author Damian Barr goes in search of the legacy of one of Scotland’s great historical figures, novelists, and poets, Sir Walter Scott.
Sir Walter Scott is one of Scotland’s great historical figures. He has a huge monument on Edinburgh’s Princes Street, and the capital’s train station Waverley is named after one of his many best-selling novels. Born in 1771 in Edinburgh to a middle class family - what transformed this young lawyer into a poet, novelist and political campaigner. And why is he so little read today?
Damian Barr is an author and journalist - who has long been interested in Scott, the man, his world and his work. In this documentary he travels to the Borders, where Scott lived as a child with his grandparents, to the Trossachs - the landscape he made famous in his iconic poem - The Lady of the Lake - and to Edinburgh and Glasgow in search of the enduring legacy of Scott and his work.
Along the way Barr meets historians and experts who put Scott in a social and historical context, poets and authors who illuminate the legacy of his writing - and a tour guide and even a youtube star who recognise Scott’s lasting influence on Scotland today.