Sir Walter Scott. The field of Waterloo: a poem. [1st edition]. Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne & Co. for Archibald Constable and Co., Edinburgh; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, and John Murray, London, 1815.
Scott’s first journey abroad was to Belgium in 1815, and he was amongst the first British civilians to view the battlefield at Waterloo. He thus began The field of Waterloo, utilising both his personal observations and information from his escorts, General Adam’s aide-de-camp, Captain Campbell and Major Pryse Gordon. In Paris, Scott spoke to the Duke of Wellington himself.
Profits from the poem went to widows and orphans of soldiers, and its worthy purpose perhaps softened the barbs of critics. The increasingly popular Lord Byron, however, ranked among its admirers.