Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom

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In this building, Sir Walter Scott sat as Sheriff of Selkirkshire, dispensing justice for nearly 30 years until his death in 1832.
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About Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom

Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom is one of our direct links to the great Scottish writer. In this building, Sir Walter Scott sat as Sheriff of Selkirkshire, dispensing justice for nearly 30 years until his death in 1832. The writer was intimately associated with the Borders, with its landscapes and history inspiring his prose and his background in law leading him to take the role of Sheriff-Depute in Selkirk.
This iconic building dates from 1804, with an 100-foot-high spire that stands in the Market Place of the Royal Burgh of Selkirk, next to an imposing statue dedicated to Sir Walter himself. Inside you will discover the fascinating story of Scott's relationship with the town, through the permanent displays of personal objects which once belonged to this world-renowned writer of great literary works, such as Rob Roy and The Waverley Novels.
It also has a gift shop selling books and souvenirs.

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