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Funding boost for Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford House

View of Abbotsford House
Sir Walter Scott's former home draws visitors from around the world

Sir Walter Scott's former home in the Borders is to receive £2.45m of funding, it has been announced.

The money will be used to pay for vital repairs to A-listed Abbotsford House, near Melrose.

It will also help fund a new visitor centre to provide improved facilities for tourists.

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said Abbotsford was popular with Scott's admirers and attracted international visitors to the Borders.

She added: "Abbotsford gives us a glimpse into what life was like for Sir Walter Scott."

'Iconic building'

The Scottish government has contributed £1m, with £800,000 from Historic Scotland and a further £650,000 from Scottish Enterprise.

David Parker, leader of Scottish Borders Council, said: "This means that vital repairs can be carried out and that the facilities for visitors can be developed to encourage more people to visit this historic site."

Jim McFarlane, managing director of operations for Scottish Enterprise, said Abbotsford House was an "iconic building", adding that the funding package reflected its importance historically and for the region's tourism.

Sir Walter purchased the farm and farmhouse, then known as Cartleyhole, in 1811. The house he built is one of the earliest examples of Scottish baronial style.

He changed the name to Abbotsford to commemorate the monks of Melrose, who had owned the land and used the nearby river crossing.

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