29 Percent!

I've read 29 percent of the complete works of Sir Walter Scott

The Story

In January of 2014, I bought an ebook titled The Complete Works of Sir Walter Scott for two dollars and commenced reading.

As of today, I have read 29 percent of The Complete Works. According to my Bluefire Reader app, I’ve read 5,317 out of 18,096 pages. Only 12,779 pages and about 43 works to go!

My Progress

It has been a lot of fun reading Sir Walter Scott’s historical novels. These are the novels I’ve read thus far:

Guy Mannering
The Antiquary
Black Dwarf
Old Mortality
Rob Roy
The Heart Of Midlothian
The Bride Of Lammermoor
A Legend Of Montrose
The Monastery
The Abbot

My Goal

These are the Sir Walter Scott works I’ve yet to read. If nothing else, the titles of some of these works are fantastic!

The Pirate
The Fortunes Of Nigel
Peveril Of The Peak
Quentin Durward
St. Ronans Well
The Betrothed
The Talisman
The Fair Maid Of Perth
Anne Of Geierstein
Count Robert Of Paris
Castle Dangerous

Shorter Fiction
Chronicles Of The Canongate
The Highland Widow
The Two Drovers
The Surgeon’s Daughter
Stories From The Keepsake
My Aunt Margaret’s Mirror
The Tapestried Chamber
Death Of The Laird’s Jock
The Inferno Of Altisidora
Christopher Corduroy
Depravity Among Animals
A Highland Anecdote

Non Fiction
The Life Of John Dryden
Paul’s Letters To His Kinsfolk
Letters Of Malachi Malagrowther
Tales Of A Grandfather Volume 1
Tales Of A Grandfather Volume 2
Tales Of A Grandfather Volume 3
Tales Of A Grandfather Volume 4
Tales Of A Grandfather Volume 5
The Life Of Napoleon Buonaparte
Letters On Demonology And Witchcraft
Minor Prose Works
The Journal Of Sir Walter Scott

“Annot Lyle’s Songs”
“Ballads, Translated, or Imitated, from the German, &C.”
“Border Ballad”
“Bothwell Castle”
“Cadyow Castle”
“Carle, Now the King’s Come”
“Claud Halcro and Norna”
“Claud Halcro’s Song”
“Claud Halcro’s Verses”
“Cleveland’s Songs”
“Contributions to the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border”
“County Guy”
“Davie Gellatley’s Song”
“Death Chant”
“Donald Caird’s Come Again”
“Duet Between the Black Knight and Wamba”
“Elspeth’s Ballad”
“Epilogue to the Appeal. Spoken by Mrs. Henry Siddons, 1818”
“Epilogue to the Drama Founded on Saint Ronan’s Well”
“Epitaph on Mrs. Erskine”
“Epitaph. Designed for a Monument in Lichfield Cathedral”
“Farewell to MacKenzie, High Chief of Kintail”
“Farewell to the Muse”
“Flora MacIvor’s Song”
“For a ‘That and a ‘That”
“Frederick and Alice”
“Funeral Hymn”
“Glee for King Charles”
“Glenfinlas, or, Lord Ronald’s Coronach”
“Goldthred’s Song”
“Halbert’s Invocation”
“Harold the Dauntless”
“Health to Lord Melville”
“Hunting Song”
“Imitation of the Farewell to MacKenzie”
“Inscription for the Monument of the Rev. George Scott”
“Jock of Hazeldean”
“Juvenile Lines”
“Lines Addressed to Monsieur Alexandre, the Celebrated Ventriloquist”
“Lines Addressed to Ranald MacDonald, Esq., of Staffa”
“Lines to Sir Cuthbert Sharp”
“Lines Written for Miss Smith”
“Lucy Ashton’s Song”
“Lullaby of an Infant Chief”
“MacGregor’s Gathering”
“MacKrimmon’s Lament”
“Madge Wildfire’s Songs”
“Major Bellenden’s Song”
“March of the Monks of Bangor”
“Miscellaneous Poems”
“Mr. Kemble’s Farewell Address”
“My Aunt Margaret’s Mirror”
“Nora’s Vow”
“Norman the Forester’s Song”
“Norna’s Incantations”
“Oh, Bold and True”
“On a Thunder-storm”
“On Ettrick Forest’s Mountains Dun”
“On the Massacre of Glencoe”
“On the Setting Sun”
“One Hour With Thee”
“Pharos Loquitur”
“Pibroch of Donail Dhu”
“Prologue to Miss Baillik’s Play of the Family Legend”
“Rebecca’s Hymn”
“Rhein-wein Lied”
“Romance of Dunois”
“Saint Cloud”
“Saxon War-song”
“Soldier, Wake”
“Son of a Witch Song”
“Song of the Glee-maiden”
“Song of the Mermaids and Mermen”
“Song of the Zetland Fisherman”
“Song, for the Anniversary Meeting of the Pitt Club of Scotland”
“Songs of the White Lady of Avenel”
“Songs: In Halbert’s Second Interview with the White Lady of Avenel”
“St. Swithin’s Chair”
“The Bannatyne Club”
“The Bard’s Incantation”
“The Barefooted Friar”
“The Battle of Sempach”
“The Black Knight’s Song”
“The Bloody Vest”
“The Bold Dragoon”
“The Bridal of Triermain”
“The Crusader’s Return”
“The Dance of Death”
“The Death of Keeldar”
“The Dying Bard”
“The Dying Gypsy Smuggler”
“The Erl-king”
“The Eve of St. John”
“The Field of Waterloo”
“The Fire-king”
“The Foray”
“The Gray Brother”
“The Lady of the Lake”
“The Lay of Poor Louise”
“The Lay of the Last Minstrel”
“The Lord of the Isles”
“The Maid of Neidpath”
“The Maid of Toro”
“The Noble Moringer”
“The Norman Horse-shoe”
“The Orphan Maid”
“The Palmer”
“The Poacher”
“The Reiver’s Wedding”
“The Resolve”
“The Return to Ulster”
“The Search After Happiness”
“The Secret Tribunal”
“The Shepherd’s Tale”
“The Song of Harold Harfager”
“The Song of the Tempest”
“The Sun Upon the Weirdlaw Hill”
“The Troubadour”
“The Truth of Woman”
“The Violet”
“The Vision of Don Roderick”
“The White Lady to Edward Glendinning”
“The White Lady to Mary Avenel”
“The White Lady’s Farewell”
“The Wild Huntsman”
“The Maid of Isla”
“Thomas the Rhymer”
“To a Lady—With Flowers From a Roman Wall”
“To an Oak Tree”
“To Halbert”
“To His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch”
“To J. G. Lockhart, Esq”
“To the Sub-prior”
“Twist Ye, Twine Ye”
“Verses Found in Bothwell’s Pocket-book”
“Wandering Willie”
“War-songs of the MacLeans”
“War-song of the Royal Edinburgh Light Dragoons”
“William and Helen”

Poetic Plays
Halidon Hill
Macduff’s Cross
The Doom Of Devorgoil

Lots of Words I Learned From Sir Walter Scott

I finally made it to the end of the novel The Abbot by Sir Walter Scott. (Hurray! All ends well for our hero.) The final chapters of the novel contained quite an assortment of words for hats, helmets, and clothing!


A barret is a kind of cap formerly worn by soldiers; it is also called a barret cap. It is also a flat cap worn by Roman Catholic ecclesiastics. (Fine Dictionary)


A basnet is a steel head-piece or helmet. (Dictionary of the Scots Language)


A culvering is an early form of handgun. (Dictionary of the Scots Language)


Eftsoons is an obsolete or archaic way of saying soon afterward or once again. (Dictionary.com)


To exheridate a person means to disinherit them. (Merriam-Webster)


A farthingale is a hoop skirt or framework for expanding a woman’s skirt, worn in the16th and 17th centuries. (Dictionary.com)


Garbulle is the Scots variant of variant of garboil. A garboil is a confusion, disturbance, uproar, or tumult—such as a brawl. (Word Finder)


To kent is to know, have knowledge of or about, or be acquainted with person or thing or to understand or perceive an idea or situation. (Dictionary.com)


A knapscap is a helmet or headpiece. (Dictionary of the Scots Language)


A part let is a garment for the neck and shoulders, usually ruffled and having acollar, worn in the 16th century. (Dictionary.com)

Further Words I Learned From Sir Walter Scott

Someday, I will make it to the end of the novel The Abbot by Sir Walter Scott. In the meantime, I keep learning new words!


Bellona is an ancient Roman goddess of war, often associated with Mars. Her main attribute is the military helmet that she wears on her head. She often holds a sword, a shield, or other weapons of battle. (Wikipedia)


A church is a simple, close-fitting cap worn by women in colonial America and a kerchief worn by Scottish women. (Dictionary.com)


A knosp is a bud-like ornament. (Dictionary.com)


A massy-more is the underground dungeon of a castle. (Collins Dictionary)


A petronel is a 16th or 17th century firearm, described by a contemporary as a firearm used by horsemen. (Wikipedia)


A pilniewinks is a medieval instrument of torture for the fingers and thumbs. (Collins Dictionary)


A thumbikins is an instrument of torture for compressing the thumb. It is also known as a thumbscrew or a thumbikin. (Wiktionary)


A vasquine is a close-fitting bodice with tabs, or a basque. In England, the word vasquine has been used to refer to a petticoat. A basque, by the way, is a section of bodice below the waist, shaped to the hips. (Corset Terms Dictionary)

A Slew of Words I Learned From Sir Walter Scott

I’m still reading the novel The Abbot by Sir Walter Scott. And—great Scott!—I’m still learning new words!


A heresiarch is a person who is the originator of heretical doctrine, or a person who is the founder of a sect that sustains such a doctrine. (Wikipedia)


A marplot is a person who frustrates or ruins a plan or undertaking by meddling. (Merriam-Webster.com)


A morisco was a former Muslim who was forced to convert to Christianity rather than face death or expulsion from Spain. Over time, the term morisco was used pejoratively to refer to nominal Catholics who were suspected of secretly practicing Islam. (Wikipedia)


A runagate is a fugitive or runaway and a vagabond or wanderer. (Dictionary.com)


The phrase “with a wanion” is equivalent in meaning to the phrases “with a vengeance,” “with a plague,” or “with misfortune.” (The Free Dictionary)


A weasand is a throat, esophagus, gullet, trachea, or windpipe. (Dictionary.com)


A yoldring is a species of bunting, which is also called a yellowhammer. (What Does That Mean?) In turn, a bunting is any of several small, chiefly seed-eating birds of the genera Emberiza, Passerina, and Plectrophena. (Dictionary.com)