Dr Iain Gordon Brown, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, was formerly Principal Curator of Manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland, where he is now an Honorary Fellow. In the course of a long career, he was responsible for many acquisitions of Walter Scott material. He has also held the elected office of Curator of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's national academy (of which Scott was the third President). A widely-published scholarly author, he has edited Scott's Interleaved Waverley Novels: An Introduction and Commentary and Abbotsford and Sir Walter Scott: The Image and the Influence, and has written numerous articles and essays on aspects of the man and his world: he has also mounted several related exhibitions. A past President of the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club, he is a member of the Curatorial Expert Advisory Panel of the Abbotsford Trust, and of the Faculty of Advocates Joint Abbotsford Advisory Committee. He is an Associate of the Centre for the History of the Book in the University of Edinburgh. Formerly President of the Old Edinburgh Club, and a Trustee of Edinburgh World Heritage, his current activities include service as Vice-President of the Edinburgh Decorative and Fine Arts Society, and as Consultant to the Adam Drawings Project at Sir John Soane's Museum, London. The intellectual history and culture (in its broadest sense) of Scotland in its Golden Age of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries has long been a major area of interest, and the focus of many of his books and articles: these have covered a wide range of inter-related topics. For over four decades he has worked on the history of the Grand Tour, publishing extensively on British travellers, scholars, artists and architects in Europe between the 1690s and the 1850s.