He was called to the Bar at the age of 21. As an advocate he distinguished himself sometimes in criminal trials, but on the whole did not appear to be rising so rapidly in the profession, as might have been expected by those who knew him. He had occasion once to speak before the assembly of the church, and being irritated accidentally poured out a flood of eloquence. The eminent Dr. Blair was present and said. "This will he a great man." This was the earliest perception of any thing like his real power. — He married Miss Carpenter in the year 1799, and shortly afterwards became, through the kindness of the house of Buccleugh, (the head of the Scotts) sheriff of Selkirkshire. This is an office of �300 per annum, and, his estates lying close to the county of Selkirkshire, he still retains it. He published in 1799 the first productions of his literary exertions — some translations from Burger's ballads and a version of Goethe von Berlichergen. These brought him to the acquaintance of Lewis, author of the strange romance The Monk. Scott contributed to Lewis's Tales of wonders, two original ballads, The eve of St. John, and Glenfinlass. — His first and important publication was the Minstrelsy of the Scott's border. His Lay of the last Minstrel — Marmion — Lady of the lake — Rokeby — and The Lord of the isles now appeared in rapid succession. Harold the Dauntless and The Bridal of Triermain appeared anonymously, but have since been claimed by Sir Walter Scott. At the time, they were generally ascribed to his friend, the late William Erskine, Lord Kinnedder. — Another series of works of quite another sort was all this while proceeding for him — Antiquarian Essays — the editions of Swift and Dryden — the edition of Sir Tristram — articles in the Edinburgh and quarterly reviews — large contributions to the Edinburgh annual register, etc., etc., etc. — Shortly after the publication of Marmion he was made a clerk of the court of session this office, worth from �12 to 1500 per annum, being added to his sheriffdom and his patrimony, placed Scott in perfect ease as to his worldly affairs; so he has never written because he wanted money. It is pleasing to state that although a change of ministry took place just after this office had been promised to Scott, and before the grant was formally drawn out, the successors of the former government took a pride in fulfilling their intentions. Mr. Fox is reported to have said. "This is proceeding for a man of genius? The precedent cannot be very dangerous for us." — Sir Walter Scott has been, through life, attached to the Tory party of Scotland but without bigotry, and above all without the least touch of bitterness. The stories in the newspapers and Hazzlit's essays, representing him as a savage Ultra are despised by all who know him. Among his most intimate personal friends he has always counted many entirely opposed to him as to politics, and he lives with such at this moment. — Sir Walter Scott had been able, chiefly from his literary success, to lay the foundation of a very handsome fortune. Every body has heard of his recent losses. He possesses a large estate on the banks of the Tweed and has just completed a mansion-house of great extent and elegance, in the taste of the reign of queen Elizabeth. This curious residence is described in Dr. P—t's historical and literary Tour in Scotland, vol. the 3d.
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Walter Scott was ruined financially with the collapse of the Ballantyne printing business in 1825, the company had debts of £130,000. He didn't want to declare himself bankrupt, or to accept any kind of financial support from his many supporters and admirers (including the king himself), he placed his house and income in a trust belonging to his creditors, and determined to write his way out of debt. He kept writing fiction as well as producing a biography of , in 1831 he was in poor health. He went on a grand tour of Europe after he returned to Scotland, in September 1832, he died (in unexplained circumstances) at Abbotsford, the home he had designed and had built, near Melrose in the Scottish Borders. His wife, Lady Scott, discharged his debts shortly after his death.
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The only recent works to which Sir Walter Scott has given his name is a dramatic sketch in verse called Halidon Hill published in 1822. He was the first person on whom George IV. conferred the rank of Baronet. Sir Walter Scott has always lived in the first society of his country and is universally esteemed in proportion as he is known.