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Sir Walter Scott, (born August 15, 1771, Edinburgh, Scotland — died September 21, 1832, Abbotsford, Roxburgh, Scotland), Scottish novelist, poet, historian, and biographer is often considered both the inventor and the greatest practitioner of the historical novel.
In this program from the BBC "Great Lives" series which aired on August 14, 2012, British Tory MP, author and adventurer Rory Stewart, champions the life of Sir Walter Scott. Show host, Matthew Parris, is joined by biographer Stuart Kelly to discuss whether or not Scott invented the idea of Scottishness.