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1821 toured the borders with Scott and Hogg collecting material for etchings to illustrate the Waverley Novels. Organised the fund launched in October 1832 for the memorial to his lifelong friend (Scott) with whom he had first become aquainted in the Edinburgh Light Horse about 1797. His Torr’s Cave was used to illustrate the Abbotsford edition of Scott’s Guy Mannering. Lord Cockburn on a visit in 1831 wrote ".. the said cave is perfect nonsense. A narrow, wet, dirty slit in a rock, produced by the washing away of the loose matter between two vertically laminated rocks, and answering Scott’s scenery in no one respect."