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Unpublished Sir Walter Scott poem to receive public reading

10th September 2010

A 'lost' poem by Scottish historical novelist Sir Walter Scott will be recited in public for the first time this month.

'The Hills of Killearn' will be read on September 14th at Roman Camp Country House Hotel in Callander, Scotland, as part of an event hosted by ScottsLand, the BBC reports.

Part of a 'hidden collection' of writings by Scott kept at Cambusmore House near Callander, the poem has been in the care of the Baillie-Hamilton family, which owns the home, for more than 200 years.

As well as the poem, nine letters written by the Ivanhoe author to an associate who used to live at Cambusmore House will be placed on display to the public.

ScottsLand director Elspeth McLachlan told the BBC: 'The discovery of the unpublished poem and letters is very exciting. We are very lucky that the Baillie-Hamilton family have given us access to these wonderful examples of Scott's writing.'

In May, Scottish culture minister Fiona Hyslop announced that the A-listed Abbotsford House, a former residence of Scott, would receive GBP 10 million to carry out essential renovations.
 

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