Photographer's Note

This is the famous "Scott's View" from the Scottish Borders, near St. Boswells on the road to Dryburgh Abbey. The River Tweed wends its way out of sight in the foreground, the three peaks of the Eildon hills are seen in the distance and Melrose and Galashiels lie in the distance to the right. And when I took this picture a few days ago, the gorse bushes were glorious with their bright yellow flowers.

This was a favourite view and resting place of the Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, Sir Walter Scott. He loved this place and the view across the Tweed valley was said to give him inspiration. He would often travel here simply to take in the view and enjoy the tranquility of the place.

After his death in 1832, Sir Walter Scott, at his own request, was buried here in a corner of Dryburgh Abbey.

And it is said that when his own horses were used to pull his hearse in his funeral cortege past this spot on its way from his home at nearby Abbotsford to Dryburgh, the horses halted and could not be moved by their driver for several minutes - did they just wish their master to have one last lingering moment to enjoy his favourite view?

You can see this spot if you look at this map and drag the little yellow man down to the red cross and pan around.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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