Sir Walter Scott was born in 1771 in Edinburgh. At three years of age he contracted polio, and was sent to live with an uncle on the Borders. He was intrigued with the region and returned to live here later. In 1806 he became Sherriff of Selkirk. He decided he wished to live in a castle, and built Abbotsford in the Scottish Baronial Style which is also known as the imitation castle style of the Victorian period. But home boasted gas lighting, under-floor heating and indoor toilets.
Sir Walter Scott's descendants continued to live in the house until 2004. Today, part of it is available for rent.
The gardens of Abbotsford:
An interesting note: The Brown Bess rifle was accurate to about 50 feet and the primary weapon in the Napoleonic Wars.
The dishes are not original to Sir Walter Scott's table. They are, however, designed with Abbotsford in mind.