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ABBOTSFORD, WHICH SCOTT FOUND A COTTAGE AND LEFT A GREAT MANSION

ABBOTSFORD, WHICH SCOTT FOUND A COTTAGE AND LEFT A GREAT MANSION

When Sir Walter Scott bought this estate in 1811 it consisted of about 100 acres and a tumbledown farm cottage. By degrees he enlarged the estate and rebuilt his dwelling until it became first a house and then a mansion. His ambition was to become a "laird" and found a family. A gateway from Linlithgow Palace and a door from the old Tolbooth are incorporated in the structure, and inside the hall is panelled with carved oak brought from Dunfermline Palace and paved with white and black marble from the Hebrides.

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