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Scott's will to be put on display
Walter Scott's will
The document contains amendments written by Sir Walter Scott
A draft of Sir Walter Scott's last will and testament is to go on public display for the first time in 174 years after being bought at auction.

Banking group HBOS recently secured the document by the famous Borders writer at Christie's for about 6,000.

Now the manuscript will be showcased in a museum collection at the Bank of Scotland on the Mound in Edinburgh.

The draft will has been kept in a private collection since 1832, the year the famous novelist and poet died.

The document includes 84 words of amendment written by Scott himself.

Drawn up in Edinburgh a year before his death, the manuscript outlines his wishes for his estate to be left to sons Walter and Charles and son-in-law John Gibson Lockhart.

Scott also set out his intentions for the copyrights of some of his late works and how to pay off the mortgage of his home at Abbotsford House.

We are very excited to have Sir Walter Scott's will in our collections, given the significant part he played in the bank's history
Helen Redmond
HBOS group archivist

The bank claims to have had close links to the famous Scots writer and his portrait still features on all Bank of Scotland notes.

In 1826, Scott came to the defence of the bank when Parliament attempted to prevent the issue of notes under the value of 5.

A series of his letters helped force the government to relent and allow Scottish banks to keep issuing 1 notes.

The letters were reprinted as a pamphlet, which will also form part of the new museum display on famous customers of the bank, along with an original cheque signed by Scott.

Helen Redmond-Cooper, HBOS group archivist, said of the will: "We are very excited to have Sir Walter Scott's will in our collections, given the significant part he played in the bank's history."

When it opens later this year, the free-to-enter Edinburgh museum will tell the story of money over thousands of years.




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