FEATURED in Architecture The British Isles 19-11-2010
FEATURED in Unique Buildings of the World 18-05-2011

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f10, Shutter: 1/200

Abbotsford is a historic house in the region of the Scottish Borders in the south of Scotland, near Melrose, on the south bank of the River Tweed. It was formerly the residence of historical novelist and poet, Walter Scott. It is a Category A Listed Building. Sir Walter Scott bought the property in 1811 and then modified it to the grand house it is today. The writer died here in 1832, and the house remained in the family until recent years. Scott’s only son Walter did not live to enjoy the property, having died on his way from India in 1847. Among subsequent possessors were Scott’s son-in-law, John Gibson Lockhart, J. R. Hope Scott, Q.C., and his daughter (Scott’s great-granddaughter), the Hon. Mrs Maxwell Scott. Abbotsford opened to the public in 1833 (a year after the death of Scott, and among the first historic houses to become a public attraction) and from the outset, it was a huge hit with visitors. This resulted in his descendents extending the house and adapting the garden and landscape to cope with the huge numbers that visited. Scott’s descendants continued to live in the house until 2004. The last of his direct descendants to inhabit Abbotsford was his great-great-great-granddaughter Dame Jean Maxwell-Scott (8 June 1923 – 5 May 2004). She inherited it from her elder sister Patricia in 1998. The sisters turned the house into one of Scotland’s premier tourist attractions after they had to rely on paying visitors to afford the upkeep of the house. It had electricity installed only in 1962. Following the death of Dame Jean Maxwell Scott, a charitable trust, the Abbotsford Trust (Charity No SCO37425) was established to safeguard the house for current and future generations. The trust embarked upon an ambitious £10 million campaign to save Abbotsford in 2009. This campaign will see the repair and restoration of the house and grounds and the creation of a new visitor centre.

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • chrisjf56
    chrisjf56about 4 years ago

    old and gracious :>)

  • Thanks Chris. It’s well worth a visit if you ever get the chance.

    – Christine Smith

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzabout 4 years ago

    scenic view

  • Thank you George.

    – Christine Smith

  • womenandmen
    womenandmenabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks. Glad you like it.

    – Christine Smith

  • Clive S
    Clive Sabout 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Thanks Clive.

    – Christine Smith

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanabout 4 years ago

    Great work Christine

  • Thank you very much Tony.

    – Christine Smith

  • Lynden
    Lyndenabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work Christine!

  • Thanks Lynden.

    – Christine Smith

  • ajgosling
    ajgoslingabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully done, great picture.

  • Thanks AJ. Much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature 19/11/10

  • Thank you so much for featuring this image in your group Dave. I really appreciate it and it was fantastic news to return to after a few days away.

    – Christine Smith

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonabout 4 years ago

    Richly deserved feature Christine, and a fav for me :-)

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithabout 4 years ago

    Thank you ever so much Dorothy, both for the lovley comment and for the fave.

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