In The Warmth of the Limelight

The Untold Story of the Unlikely Partnership of Sir Walter Scott and His Lawyer, John Gibson, WS

by Robert G. Alloo


Book Details

John Gibson, WS – The Story of the Pivotal Figure Behind Sir Walter Scott’s Later Masterpieces

Despite John Gibson’s published Reminiscences, his story as the man closest to Sir Walter Scott’s affairs during a tumultuous final decade remains largely unknown. Gibson’s account, revealed for the first time, relies on individual communications, many unpublished. The book’s personal elements expand and complete the account of Scott’s heroic response to financial catastrophe that occurred during his final years. Gibson and Scott’s behind-the-scenes activities enabling that response and the relationship that developed between them are represented in heretofore-unpublished detail. An overview of Gibson’s almost fifty-five year career in service to the fifth Duke of Buccleuch and Scott’s part in promoting it are additionally brought to light. By illuminating Gibson's contribution to Scott's story, the historical record is enriched by an evolving portrait of Gibson as a nineteenth-century middle class lawyer bridging societal stratification to aid two of the most noted Scots in meeting extraordinary challenges.


About the Author

Robert G. Alloo

A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, St. Louis University School of Medicine and member of The American College of Physicians, Robert Gibson Alloo enjoyed a lengthy career as a practicing and teaching physician at Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, California. Though remaining proud of his Scottish heritage while also becoming a passionate scholar of Scottish history during the research and writing of this book, Alloo lives in Los Altos, California. This is his first book.