Reading Sir Walter:

The Journal 

(Extract) Death of Charlotte

Read by Kath Hardie

By the end of 1825, Sir Walter Scott's finances had reached such a perilous position that a trust took over his farms, his Edinburgh house and his earning. His wife had neither the constitution not the temperament to accept such a change and her health, not robust, gradually deteriorated.

These extracts from Sir Walter Scott's Journal deal with the death of Lady Charlotte in 1826.

December 2009

Lady Scott as shown in The Abbotsford Family. 1828 Steel engraving by W.H. Worthington based on a painting by Sir David Wilkie. Used here with the permission of the Walter Scott Digital Archive Image Collection.