Walter Elliot is a writer, broadcaster and historian who has collected vernacular and oral poetry of the Borders in The New Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border 1805-2005.
Born in Selkirk in 1934, Walter Elliot spent his early life in the Ettrick Valley. After his national service in Northern Ireland, he spent over thirty years as a woodcutter/fencing contractor, and four years as a Museums Assistant, all in the Borders. He has since been self-employed as a writer, broadcaster and historian. He has collected vernacular and oral poetry of the region inThe New Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border 1805-2005 (Deerpark, 2006).
He writes poetry in Scots, and has brought out several pamphlets, including A Song for Yarrow (1991).