Visitors to get glimpse of Scott’s world

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BOWHILL is revealing rooms to the public not seen in 30 years.

The house opened in time for Easter this year – three months earlier than usual – and has unlocked the Sir Walter Scott room and the Buccleuch family’s library.

Bowhill House manager Helen Currie said: “Bowhill has always offered visitors a wealth of art, history and holiday adventure but this year the public will be able to access rooms which have been off-limits for decades.” The Walter Scott room features an exhibition on the Selkirk sheriff and novelist.

Mrs Currie said: “The room lets visitors explore the links between Sir Walter Scott and the Buccleuch ancestors as well as looking at the detail of his life. You will be able to see Scott’s pipe, quaich, desk seal and ink stand surrounded by artwork of the period such as pieces by Sir Henry Raeburn and Wilkie.”

The Bowhill library has also been opened up, giving visitors an insight into the personal family space of the Duke of Buccleuch and his family.

Mrs Currie said: “We’re delighted that these treasures will be open to the public and, for the first time in a very long time, look forward to welcoming visitors from spring.”

Bowhill’s Easter Fun Day takes place this Sunday. For more information on this, opening times and special events, visit www.bowhill.org.uk.