Members and Associations

Members and Associations

Members of the Centre Include:

  • Professor David Hewitt (Honorary Co-director)
  • Professor Alison Lumsden (Director)
  • Dr J. H. Alexander (Honorary Reader)
  • Dr Timothy Baker
  • Professor Cairns Craig
  • Dr Elizabeth Elliott
  • Dr Jo Hicks
  • Dr Catherine Jones
  • Dr Ainsley McIntosh
  • Dr Sigrid Rieuwerts (Honorary Fellow, University of Mainz)
  • Dr Sarah Sharp



The tabs below provide more information about the Centre's Associations.


The Centre has close links with Abbotsford, Scott’s home in the Borders, and both directors are on the Joint Abbotsford Advisory Committee.

They also advised on the exhibition at the Visitor Centre at Abbotsford and on the refurbishment of the house itself, which was re-opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 4 July 2013.

Professor Lumsden is a Trustee for the Abbotsford Trust and Chairs its Heritage and Engagement Committee. She is also Honorary Librarian for Scott’s magnificent library, which contains over 11,000 volumes of his books.

The Centre is committed to working with Abbotsford to support research on Scott’s writing, collections and legacy. In March 2018 the Centre secured a grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to examine Scott’s magnificent collection of chapbooks and popular print materials, now in his library at Abbotsford. The grant facilitated several workshops and will result in an on-line exhibition and collection of essays. We have also collaborated with Abbotsfrod and Futurelearn to develop a MOOC "Walter Scott: The Man Behind the Monument".

For an example of the impact of our work with Abbotsford see Uncovering Walter Scott's Creative Inspiration

For more information on Scott’s home and his collections see



The Walter Scott Research Centre has entered into a collaboration with the University of Edinburgh’s SWINC (Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century) group.

So far a number of events have been held, including a symposium on Secret Scotland in Glasgow in autumn 2010, a parallel symposium on Civic Scotland in Aberdeen in October 2011 and a Writing the North creative collaboration.

For more information about SWINC and these events visit SWINC


Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

The Centre has a partnership with the Centre for Scottish Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. The Centre for Scottish Studies is home to a project focusing on Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border and several interns have come from Mainz to work in Aberdeen with the Walter Scott Research Centre. See Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border Project