Sir Walter Scott, “Rob Roy” and the Long Shadow of the Jacobites

‘Rob Roy”

In previous articles, we’ve explored the history of the Holy Grail, the Merovingians, and the Stuart dynasty. I’ve done my best to show that these topics and the intrigue associated with them have some dynamic relevance for us today. Today I want to return to the tapestry with some new strands I’ve discovered in Rob Roy, by Walter Scott, or Sir Walter Scott, if you please.

However before we dive directly into the book in the next post, I want to show that we stand on fairly solid ground when mentioning Walter Scott and gematria in the same sentence.  For starters, Scott was born on August 15, 1771. When using the traditional numerology method of keeping the day of the month intact, Scott’s birthday comes out like this,

8 + 15 + 1 + 7 + 7 + 1 = 39

That’s interesting when we consider that the name Walter Scott has gematria of 39.

Walter Scott = 39 ER  (5+1+3+2+5+9 + 1+3+6+2+2)

Walter Scott

It gets deeper when we discover that Rob Roy has gematria of 39.

Rob Roy = 39 ER (9+6+2 + 9+6+7)

The ruling out of chance continues with the added wrinkle of Waverley, Scott’s first novel, published in 1814, has gematria of 39.

Waverley = 39 ER (5+1+4+5+9+3+5+7)

Another important fact is that Scott wrote his novels anonymously until 1827, long after the public knew it was him writing them. That’s why these books are collectively known as the Waverley Novels.

The first novel’s protagonist Edward Waverley is a young London gentleman who goes to the Highlands for a military education and ends up in the middle of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. The novel Rob Roy is set against the backdrop of the Jacobite Rising of 1715, 30 years earlier.  The word Jacobites  has gematria that touches on both 30 and 39.

Jacobites = 30 ER / 39 ER -s exception / 390 EG 

No. 39 North Castle Street, Scott’s Edinburgh residence
 for most of his life.

We’ve explored both these failed Stuart takeovers to some degree before, but these new connections add to the gematrical record. But, we can’t stop there. Scott’s Edinburgh home was located at No. 39 North Castle Street. For good measure, Castle Street also has gematria of 39.

Castle Street = 39 ER (3+1+1+2+3+5 + 1+2+9+5+5+2)

If there was ever one who wrote about castles, it was Sir Walter Scott. After all there is a certain symmetry to be maintained in choosing one’s home in town, that is if you’re a Scottish gentleman who happens to be a freemason.

Symmetry = 39 ER (1+7+4+4+5+2+9+7)

While we’re on the subject on symmetry, consider this. Scott was born on August 15, the 227th day of the year.  The number 227 is a symbol for π (Pi).

22 / 7 = 3.14…, which is an approximation of  π. When we think of π, it’s all about the circle, the most perfect form of symmetry.

Symmetry = 138 EO (19+25+13+13+5+20+18+25)

The date August 15th, leaves 138 days in the year.  It gets even more symmetrical when we consider that Scott died at 61 years 1 month and 6 days, on September 21, 1832.  When you flatten out those numbers side by side as 6 1 1 6, more symmetry comes into focus. When 39 is written out as word, it has gematria of 61.

Thirty Nine =  61 ER (2+8+9+9+2+7 + 5+9+5+5)

The Jacobites at Prestonpans.

Both Scott’s birthday of August 15th, and his dying day of September 21, 1832, are quite significant in Scottish history. August 15, 1057 is the day that the Scottish king Macbeth, of Shakespearean fame, was killed at the Battle of Lumphanan. On September 21, 1745 the first battle and Jacobite victory of the ’45 Rising took place at the Battle of Prestonpans.

It’s probably no coincidence that Scott’s work as a writer of Scottish history, historical fiction, poetry and song is so intertwined with the cycles of history and, apparently gematria and numerology.

Just one more thing to consider in wrapping up, the phrase “full circle” equals 39 in septenary gematria. This form of gematria isn’t talked about a lot outside of Marty Leeds’ work, but when analyzing masonic personages, it can be revealing.

At the end of Scott’s life, he lost his home at 39 North Castle Street, due to bankruptcy in 1826. His last day in the residence was March 14, or 3/14. Hmm, that looks like 3.14, another tie-in to, π.

On  the morning of  March 15, 1826 Walter Scott wrote in his journal from his beloved “39” for the last time. The screenshot is from the Edinburgh City of Literature website.

From that fall to the day he died, Sir Walter Scott had but 6 years, 6 months, and 6 days of life left on earth. The table below from has more to mull on, for those who dare.

One thing I’ve read for myself in Rob Roy is that Scott occasionally peppers his stories with references to masonry. He’s publicly acknowledged as having been a freemason and had no problem with everyone knowing while he was alive. His father was a mason, and so on.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is tempted and toyed with by the witches
who trick him into sealing his own fate.

The reason I bring that up because it helps to establish the possibility that Scott practiced gematria himself. It is studied within that organization, to what degree they won’t fully divulge.

As an author, Scott is known for his depth of characterization and the strength of his faith in human nature, traits that are tested in the harrowing of Time. There’s no faking that kind of love for the human individual. It comes through all of his writing. That’s probably why Plato and Sir Thomas Browne are still around for some people.

I haven’t come across anything about Scott personally other than he was a kind, generous, open-hearted man. So I don’t think there’s anything sinister in his work. However, the numbers, symbolism and circumstances of Scott’s life seem to follow a pattern all too familiar in the chronicles of gematria; fate is often hurried along by human agency.