The wife of Sir Walter Scott had few admirers in life and lost even those after her death in 1826. Her life has attracted little attention and Scott’s biographers, mostly men, have tended to focus with disapproval on her possible illegitimacy as the supposed daughter of Lord Downshire and her putative opium habit. We might wonder why? Charlotte Charpentier was the wife of Sir Walter Scott. Her biography might turn out to be a short one but it is hardly insignificant..
Deirdre Shepherd, tutor in English and Scottish Literature at Edinburgh University. Shepherd has taught on a variety of undergraduate courses although her especial interest is in the supernatural and Gothic literature. She is published on Walter Scott and the sporting Victorian author R. S. Surtees. One of her present projects is a biography of Lady Scott.