Walter Scott: A Legend of Montrose

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  • Nathan Uglow (Trinity All Saints, Leeds)

In 1819 Walter Scott published the third series of his Tales of my Landlord collection. This third series comprised The Bride of Lammermoor (in three volumes) and A Legend of Montrose (as a single volume). The unifying theme of these 'tales' was their apparent collation by one Jedediah Cleishbotham, a proud pedant, who had received them from the late Peter Pattieson, a lively schoolmaster with a natural sympathy for outcasts of all varieties. Over the years at the (fictional) Wallace Inn in Gandercleugh, guests had recounted these tales to the attentive Pattieson who had no ambitions to authorship, but left his notes to Jedediah Cleishbotham who did have such ambitions. An introductory chapter to each of the

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Uglow, Nathan. "A Legend of Montrose". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 July 2002
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