The man who created Scotland’s identity

The country invented television and the telephone but its biggest export has been its national identity – and that’s due in part to the actions of one writer, argues Alastair Sooke.

Although it’s an important part of Britain, Scotland will always be fiercely proud of its unique character and national identity. And many of these traits can be traced back to the nation’s most famous writer.

Sir Walter Scott is well known for his poetry and historical novels, such as Ivanhoe and Rob Roy. His presence is everywhere, and although he was made a baronet, it seems he is the unofficial King of Scotland.

And it was one particular event, which Scott masterminded, that changed the way the rest of the world sees Scotland. Alastair Sooke visits Edinburgh to find out more.

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