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Rejected Scott works to be published

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A Scottish university press has resurrected Sir Walter Scott's last two works, written after he had three strokes and rejected for publication by his family.

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Too many wind farms in Scottish hills?

EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 1 (UPI) -- Environmentalists say the hills in southern Scotland that inspired many of the novels of Sir Walter Scott could be ruined by wind farms.

Historic ferry to get eco-upgrade

GLASGOW, Scotland, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The Sir Walter Scott, a century-old coal-fired ferry that carries tourists on a Scottish loch, will be converted to run on biodiesel.

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No memorial for Scotland's bad bard

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Woman's pregnancy goes unnoticed

ORANGE, Calif., March 2 (UPI) -- A California woman found out she was pregnant only 48 hours before she gave birth to a healthy full-term baby boy.

British soldiers reach South Pole

LONDON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A team of British military personnel has become the first service members to visit the South Pole in nearly 100 years.

Eyptian Nobel Prize-winner Mahfouz dies

CAIRO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Nobel Prize-winning writer Naguib Mahfouz, who wrote 40 novels about Egyptian life and history, has died in Cairo at 94.
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Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world during his time.

Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America. His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of The Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.

Born in College Wynd in the Old Town of Edinburgh in 1771, the son of a solicitor, Scott survived a childhood bout of polio in 1773 that left him lame. To cure his lameness he was sent in 1773 to live in the rural Borders region at his grandparents' farm at Sandyknowe, adjacent to the ruin of Smailholm Tower, the earlier family home. Here he was taught to read by his aunt Jenny, and learned from her the speech patterns and many of the tales and legends that characterised much of his work. In January 1775 he returned to Edinburgh, and that summer went with his aunt Jenny to take spa treatment at Bath in England, where they lived at 6 South Parade. In the winter of 1776 he went back to Sandyknowe, with another attempt at a water cure at Prestonpans during the following summer.

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