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Sir Walter Scott was a poet and novelist who was popular throughout Europe. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, and the Heart of Midlothian. From 1816 Scott began planning Abotsford, Borders, and commissioned William Atkinson of London. Building began in 1817 and continued into 1819, and resulted in what is now the dining-room, the armoury, and the breakfast parlour (initially Scott's study) of the present house. Scott died on the 21st September 1832.