Tales of a Grandfather
This is a bibliography page, concerning a work to which reference is made elsewhere in this guide.
- Scott, Sir Walter, Tales of a Grandfather, Being Stories Taken from Scottish History. Humbly Inscribed to Hugh Littlejohn, Esq.
- (Hugh Littlejohn is an alias of Scott's grandson to his daughter Sophia, married (1820) to J.G. Lockhart, later his biographer: the boy was christened John Hugh (d. 1831). It was to alleviate his sickbed that Scott wrote the Tales.)
- The first edition was In Three Vols. Printed for Cadell and Co. Edinburgh; Simpkin and Marshall, London; and John Cumming, Dublin. 1828.
- It has often been reprinted. The edition used in AWE was published in 1923, by Cowans and Gray, of London and Glasgow.
- The Tales of a Grandfather is, as its genesis suggests, nursery history: it is a re-telling of good stories, with a patriotic motive. It is not necessarily reliable, and should not be trusted as a source by modern historians; but it is a fine collection of the narratives that 'everyone knows', and that Scott had collected from folk memory from an early age.