Tales of a Grandfather

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Tales of a Grandfather is a history of Scotland by Sir Walter Scott in three volumes, published between 1828 to 1830 by A & C Black. In the 19th century, the study of Scottish history focused on cultural traditions and Scott originally intended it for his grandson; while the timeline of events is accurate, many anecdotes are either folk stories or inventions.[1]

Scott also wrote books about French history in the same series. As of 2001, many of the series titles were still being reprinted.

Publication[edit]

First Edition, First Impression:

  • Scott, Walter, Sir. Tales of a Grandfather; Being Stories Taken from Scottish History. Humbly Inscribed to Hugh Littlejohn, Esq. In Three Vols. Vol. I[II-III]. Printed for Cadell and Co. Edinburgh; Simpkin and Marshall, London; and John Cumming, Dublin. 1828.
  • Scott, Walter, Sir. Tales of a Grandfather; Being Stories Taken from Scottish History. Humbly Inscribed to Hugh Littlejohn, Esq. In Three Vols. Vol. I[II-III]. Second Series. Printed for Cadell and Co. Edinburgh; Simpkin and Marshall, London; and John Cumming, Dublin. 1829
  • Scott, Walter, Sir. Tales of a Grandfather; Being Stories Taken from Scottish History. Humbly Inscribed to Hugh Littlejohn, Esq. In Three Vols. Vol. I[II-III]. Third Series. Printed for Cadell and Co. Edinburgh; Simpkin and Marshall, London; and John Cumming, Dublin. 1830.
  • Scott, Walter, Sir. Tales of a Grandfather; Being Stories Taken from the History of France. Inscribed to Master John Hugh Lockhart. In Three Vols. Vol. I[II-III]. Printed for Robert Cadell. Edinburgh; Whittaker and Co., London; and John Cumming, Dublin. 1831.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Shaw, Frank. "Review of 'Scotland; Story of a Nation'". Electrics Scotland. Retrieved 23 April 2019.