Half-hour glass used by Sir Walter Scott

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Postcard of Half-hour glass used by Sir Walter Scott.
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Half-hour glass used by Sir Walter Scott

This half-hour glass was used by Sir Walter Scott for timing his literary work. When bankrupted in 1826, Scott decided to write himself out of debt and timed his hourly output.

Half-hour glass in a wooden frame, used by Sir Walter Scott for timing his literary work and given by him to Elizabeth Lear, daughter of his cousin, Ann Lear, nee Scott

Sir Walter Scott's own work as a poet and author proved hugely popular. His first novel, 'Waverley', was published anonymously in 1814. It and subsequent historical novels were very successful, although business ventures later bankrupted him.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-938-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NL 71
Date: 19th century
Material: Wooden frame
Dimensions: 166 mm H x 78 mm D
What: Glass, half hour
Subject: Jewellery: clocks, watches (NMAS Classification)
Who: Elizabeth Lear (Owner)
Sir Walter Scott (Owner and presenter)
  • Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1971: a bicentenary exhibition organised by the Court of Session, Faculty of Advocates and the National Library of Scotland, Parliament House, Edinburgh, 15th Aug - 11th Sept. 1971 Edinburgh: HMSO, 1971
  • Scott, Paul Henderson. Walter Scott and Scotland. Edinburgh: Wm. Blackwood, 1981
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