Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832)
The celebrated Scottish poet, author and historian was married at Carlisle Cathedral on Christmas Eve 1797.
On a trip to the Lake District with old college friends he met Charlotte Charpentier (or Carpenter), daughter of Jean Charpentier of Lyon in France, and ward of Lord Downshire in Cumberland, an Episcopalian. After three weeks of courtship, Scott proposed and they were married on Christmas Eve 1797 in St Mary’s Church which formed part of the nave here at the Cathedral (now the Regimental Chapel).
The newly-married couple returned to Scott’s birthplace, Edinburgh, where they had five children.
Opposite the Lodge at the Cathedral precinct entrance you can see a plaque commemorating the event, at the house from where the couple set out to be married.