Research Projects and Facilities

Research Projects and Facilities

Research Projects and Facilities

The Walter Scott Research Centre was established in 1991. It exists to conduct and to promote research into Scott and his works, the intellectual world in which he grew up and on which he drew, the contexts in which he worked, and the ways in which his work was used by other writers, other arts, business and politics, particularly in the nineteenth century. Its interests are interdisciplinary and its scope is international.

The Walter Scott Research Centre is primarily engaged in project research, but also supports the research activity of its individual members and facilitates the study of Scott at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The Walter Scott Research Centre is located within the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen.


Research Projects

The Centre’s main projects are in the field of textual editing and  a 30 volume edition of Scott’s fiction, the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, was completed in 2012 under the direction of Professor David Hewitt. The main work of the edition was completed in 28 volumes in November 2009 and the final two volumes of the notes Scott wrote specifically for the 1829-33 edition of the Waverley Novels were published in 2012. In its time it was the biggest literary project in the UK and was directed and organised from Aberdeen. Several members of staff at Aberdeen (Dr J. H. Alexander, Professor David Hewitt, and Professor Alison Lumsden) were then engaged on it but it was international in its scope. Some fifteen editors have been involved, three research fellows, eight consultants, ten research students, and many editorial assistants. Over £350,000 was raised in research grants. To date over 100,000 volumes of Scott’s fiction have been purchased in Edinburgh Edition texts.

For more information about individual volumes and how to purchase them see Edinburgh University Press

The Centre is now engaged in editing a 10 volume edition of Scott’s Poetry under the leadership of Professor Alison Lumsden.   Two volumes in the Edinburgh Edition of Walter Scott’s Poetry have been published: Marmion, edited by Ainsley McIntosh (2018) and  The Shorter Poems, edited by Gillian Hughes and P. D. Garside. Poetry from the Waverley Novels and Other Writings, edited by David Hewitt, and The Lady of the Lake, edited by Alison Lumsden are now well underway.

For more information about The Edinburgh Edition of Walter Scott’s Poetry see EEWSP

Professor Alison Lumsden is Honorary Librarian at Abbotsford, Scott’s home in the Scottish Borders and a Trustee. The Centre works closely with Abbotsford to develop projects that are based on Scott’s writing, collections and legacy. Lumsden  is currently leading a project in collaboration with Abbotsford and Professor Gerard Carruthers of the University of Glasgow to explore the intellectual and cultural significance of Scott’s magnificent chapbook collection. This project is funded by the RSE.


The Centre is based on the Old Aberdeen campus in F18, Old Brewery. Professor Lumsden can be contacted at 01224273925 or at


To keep up to date with our activities follow us on Twitter @WalterScott

Read an Interview with Professor Alison Lumsden about the Poetry Project:


Listen to Professor Alison Lumsden speak about Scott:

AHRC Tenth Anniversary Debate 'Is British Culture a Myth'

2019 Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club

Find out about the impact of our research:

Uncovering Walter Scott's Creative Inspiration