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Sir Adam Ferguson


1770 - 1855, Army Captain and Knight of the Realm. Eldest son of Adam Ferguson philosopher and historian. Lifelong friend to Sir Walter Scott, from the days at The Royal High School,  Edinburgh University until Scott’s death in 1832. He brought Scott to his fathers house at the time of the famous meeting with Robert Burns in 1786. He joined the Royal Edinburgh Volunteers in 1797 and later joined the Army in 1805. He saw action in many battles during the Peninsular War (1807-1814) in defence of Portugal, before being taken prisoner. Appointed "Deputy Keeper of the Scottish Regalia" in 1818, and was Knighted during the King’s historic visit to Scotland in 1822. He is depicted in paintings and Calotype prints held by The National Galleries of Scotland. He is buried in the now sealed South-west section of Greyfriars Kirkyard.


click here to read more about him   "Friends of Sir Walter Scott by Florence MacCunn"


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