An Overview of Justice in Sir Walter Scott Waverley Novels: The Heart of Mid-Lothian

6 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2015

Date Written: December 29, 2014

Abstract

English Abstract: Although Sir Walter Scott is a well-known writer most of his readers know that he became an advocate in 1792, when he was admitted to the bar. Since then Scott and other advocates walked the floor at Parliament House (home of the Faculty of Advocates and the Court of Session) waiting to be hired. Scott’s own experiences as a fledgling advocate are echoed in those of Alain Fairford in his novel Redgauntlet (Scott 1824), which provides a vivid picture of Parliament House in the eighteenth century. During his life, Scott combined extensive writing and editing issues with his daily work as Clerk of Session and Sheriff-Depute of Selkirkshire. Walter Scott was not unaware of Justice and Law and The Heart of Mid-Lothian is the novel in which he introduces to the reader the Scottish Legal System during the eighteenth century. However, there are few more examples that I will explain.

Spanish Abstract: Aunque Sir Walter Scott es un conocido escritor, la mayoría de sus lectores saben que en 1792 se hizo abogado, cuando fue admitido en el colegio de abogados. Desde entonces Scott y otros abogados rondaron el Parlamento con la esperanza de ser contratados. Las propias experiencias de Scott como un abogado novel se reflejan en las de Alain Fairford en su novela Redgauntlet (Scott 1824), lo que ofrece una vívida imagen del Parlamento (sede de la facultad de Derecho y Tribunal Supremo) en el siglo XVIII. Durante su vida, Scott compaginó una profusa actividad como escritor y editor con su trabajo diario como juez en Selkirk. Walter Scott conocía la justicia y el derecho y El corazón de Mid-Lothian es la novela en la presenta al lector el régimen jurídico de Escocia durante el siglo XVIII. Sin embargo, se explicarán algunos otros ejemplos.

Keywords: Advocate, Law, Justice, Union, Sir Walter Scott, Abogados, derecho, justicia, unión

Suggested Citation

García Díaz, Enrique, An Overview of Justice in Sir Walter Scott Waverley Novels: The Heart of Mid-Lothian (December 29, 2014). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 4, No. 6, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2543538

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