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Writer's home handed repair funds

Sir Walter Scott lived at Abbottsford in the Borders
A 500,000 grant has been made towards repairs at Abbotsford

A £500,000 grant has been announced to carry out repair work on the historic Borders home of Sir Walter Scott.

Abbotsford House near Melrose is one of four projects to receive funding from Historic Scotland.

Other schemes to have won backing were the Glasgow Art Club, the Royal Hospital Chapel at Gartnavel and a site on Hawick's North Bridge Street.

Culture Minister Mike Russell said the repairs work at Abbotsford would preserve it for future generations.

He said: "Abbotsford is an incredible place to visit, whether you are drawn to it because of its architecture, its gardens or its literary connections.

"It is remarkable to think that visitors have been welcomed here for generations - even before Scott died in 1832.

"The long term repairs programme that the Abbotsford Trust has undertaken will ensure that generations more can come to enjoy and understand just how important it is as part of our nation's heritage."

Main beneficiary

The trust's executive manager, Jacquie Wright, said she was "delighted" with the funding.

Work is currently ongoing to try to raise £10m to turn the site into a world-class visitor attraction.

Abbotsford was the main beneficiary of nearly £1m of funding announced across Scotland.

Glasgow Art Club was awarded £190,000 towards repairs, while the Royal Hospital Chapel at Gartnavel will receive £261,000.

The final grant, of a little more than £12,000, will repair leaded windows at 45 North Bridge Street in Hawick.

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