Wednesday 11th November 1846

“A massive tomb, shaped as a deep sarcophagus for the last resting place of Sir Walter Scott and his lady, has been completed of beautiful red petered ground – seven feet long, six feet broad – and is about to be placed over their contiguous graves in Briberg. In the compartment is inscribed ‘Sir Walter Scott, Bart, died September 21 AD 1832, Dame Charlotte Margaret Carpenter, wife of Sir Walter Scott, died May 5th AD 1826’.”


[Editor’s note: The tomb of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), poet and novelist, is actually at Dryburgh Abbey, Berwickshire, not at Briberg as Nathaniel states.]

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Sunday 12th July 1846

“Up at half past 5, prepared for long journey. Breakfasted at home and afterwards started half past 7 o’clock for Harrow, through Kilburn, Willesden, Neasden, Kingsbury to Harrow. Arrived at the church as the clock struck twelve; walked about churchyard taking down a few inscriptions from tombs until half past 1 o’clock, when I went into the church and was shown over every part of it by the door keeper or church manager (an elderly gent, a more civil and obliging man I never met with). He, seeing my taste for antiquities, humoured my fancy and was not sparing of trouble neither, a brief account which I will give. He first showed me the age of the doors and locks, the keys whereof were ponderous, with curious wards. Next the tomb of a brother and sister kneeling, painted alabaster, date 1609. Then the pews which were put up in the reign of James I, but some of the seats for poor folk were about as old as the church. The ceiling was carved wood with the twelve apostles with their faces sawed off in the time of Cromwell. Then some brasses on pavement, the oldest … of Edward III. Left Harrow at 3 o’clock and dined on bread and meat.  Arrived home by Harrow Road at 9 o’clock, walked in all … .”