The Scottish writer and editor, John Gibson Lockhart, published his first full attempt at a biography of his late father-in-law in 1837. This is Volume 3 of a new reprint of that Seven Volume edition.
It begins in 1812 with the 'flitting' to Abbotsford, dealings with Messrs Ballantyne and Constable, and much letter writing. Details of a busy early year of publishing, including Waverley, in 1814 are followed by Scott's fascinating travel diary kept during a three month summer Voyage to the Shetland Isles, etc., aboard the Lighthouse Yacht. The journey fills five full chapters of the volume, finishing with Letters in Verse from Zetland and Orkney. The last chapters of the Volume, which finishes in the eventful year of 1815, include Waterloo, a quarrel and reconciliation with Hogg and a football match, with The Durham Garland as an Appendix.
Published simultaneously wıth this reprint is a volume bringing together the 1838 publication Refutation of the Mistatements and Calumnies contained in Mr Lockhart's Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart respecting The Messrs Ballantyne, Lockhart's response to 'The Ballantyne-Humbug' and the Ballantyne Trust's subsequent retort.