Places Discussed

(Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)


Tully-Veolan (TUHL-ee vee-OHL-uhn). Ancient Scottish manor house and estate in Perthshire north of Edinburgh which is the home of the Bradwardines. Scott used a number of real Scottish houses as the basis for his description of Tully-Veolan. This manor house is of central importance throughout Waverley. The house is Edward Waverley’s first real introduction to Scotland, and it is a romantic and enchanting place that appeals strongly to his naïvely romantic temperament.

Tully-Veolan is eventually revealed as a very complex place and as a virtual symbol of Scotland itself. It has strong associations with poetry, romance, history, sentimental Jacobitism, and beauty but is also a place in which madness, weakness, violence, provincialism, and an ineffectual and feudal nostalgia exist. Tully-Veolan’s virtual identification with Scotland as a whole is further evident when, after the crushing defeat of the Scottish Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden, it is the desolation of Tully-Veolan that Scott describes and Waverley sees. When Tully-Veolan is rebuilt and returned to Baron Bradwardine by the English colonel Talbut, Scott is symbolically pointing out the value and importance of the union of Scotland and England, as opposed to the violent destructiveness of the Jacobite uprising.


Waverley-Honour. English estate of the Waverley family at which Edward Waverley is reared. Early in the novel, Waverley-Honour symbolizes Waverley’s rather dubious but influential upbringing in which the chivalric romances in the Waverley-Honour library and his uncle and aunt’s nostalgic Jacobitism play major roles. At Waverley-Honour, Waverley is given an education that prepares him to be seduced by the romance and...

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