Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), novelist, poet, antiquarian. Scott was born in Edinburgh, educated at Edinburgh High School and University, and called to the bar in 1792. His writing career began with the publication of several German translations, then poems, ballads, romances and novels followed, mainly centred on Scottish history, legend and culture. As with Byron, Ruskin 's fondness for and familiarity with Scott dated from his earliest years, when John James Ruskin was in habit of reading aloud from his writings in the evening to Ruskin and Margaret Ruskin. In the early 1820s Hazlitt described Scott as 'undoubtedly the most popular writer of the age' ( Hazlitt, The Spirit of the Age, p. 96). (See Ruskin and Scott).