• Publication Date: July 7, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781551118956 / 1551118955
  • 538 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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  • Publication Date: July 7, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781551118956 / 1551118955
  • 538 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, Waverley enjoyed tremendous popularity upon its first publication. The novel is set during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which sought to restore Charles Edward Stuart to the British throne. It portrays the doomed rising from the perspective of the hero, Edward Waverley, who travels to Scotland and is drawn to the Jacobite cause by a clan chieftain, his beautiful sister, and Charles Edward Stuart himself.

Appendices to this edition include material on the Jacobite Rebellion and related conflicts, Scottish folklore, and a broad selection of contemporary reviews of Waverley.


“The well-chosen additional materials in this new edition of Waverley will prove illuminating to readers of Scott in numerous ways. Contemporaneous reviews reveal a wide range of perspectives on this historical novel; selections by Defoe and Swift express conflicting attitudes toward the Union of 1707. In addition, sections on the Rebellion of 1745 and on the customs of the Highlanders make available relevant but otherwise not easily available texts that further enrich this edition both for scholars of the novel and for student readers.” — Frank Palmeri, University of Miami

“Walter Scott’s Waverley is not an antique, but a revolutionary work that established the novel not just as an ideal type of history but as history itself: the psychology, the furnishings, the environment of the transition from militant to commercial society. Broadview’s edition will help to reinstate the vivid creativeness of Scott in imagining a past and its people—not to speak of his anticipation of multi-media only a few years before the photograph.” — Christopher Harvie, historian and Member of the Scottish Parliament

Sir Walter Scott: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Abbreviations for Works Consulted for Annotations

Scott’s Notes to Waverley,Volumes One and Two

Appendix A: Selected Reviews of Waverley (1814–31)

  1. From the Quarterly Review (July 1814) [John Wilson Croker]
  2. From the Scots Magazine (July 1814)
  3. From the British Critic (August 1814)
  4. From the Antijacobin Review and Magazine (September 1814)
  5. From the Scourge (October 1814)
  6. From the Edinburgh Review (November 1814) [Francis Jeffrey]
  7. From the Monthly Review (November 1814)
  8. From the Critical Review (March 1815)
  9. From the London Magazine (June 1829)
  10. From the North American Review (April 1831)

Appendix B: The Union of 1707

  1. Jonathan Swift, “Verses Said to Be Written on the Union” (1707)
  2. From Daniel Defoe, A Tour Thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724–27)
  3. From Daniel Defoe, A Review of the State of the British Nation (1707)
  4. “The Union” (1819)

Appendix C: The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745

  1. Tobias Smollett, “Tears of Scotland” (1746)
  2. Songs from The Jacobite Relics of Scotland (1819)
    1. “Here’s to the King, Sir”
    2. “The King shall enjoy his own again”
  3. Songs from Jacobite Songs and Ballads (1887)
    1. “Maclean’s Welcome”
    2. “Will he no come back again”
    3. “O’er the Water to Charlie”
  4. From Henry Fielding, The History of the Present Rebellion in Scotland (1745)
  5. From Walter Scott, Redgauntlet. A Tale of the Eighteenth Century (1824)

Appendix D: Scottish Folklore and Legend in Contemporary Literature

  1. From James Macpherson, “The Battle of Lora” (1803)
  2. From Elizabeth Hamilton, The Cottagers of Glenburnie (1808)
  3. From Anne MacVicar Grant, Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders of Scotland (1811)

Select Bibliography and Works Cited

Susan Kubica Howard is Associate Professor of English at Duquesne University. She is the editor of the
Broadview Editions of Frances Burney’s Evelina and Charlotte Lennox’s Euphemia.