September 5, 1808 is the day John Home died. Home authored "Douglas", and according to Scott's biographer/son-in-law, John Lockhart, Sir Walter became acquainted with Home during his early years. Scott was taken from Edinburgh when very young, to the country, to improve his health. When he was 5 years of age, he was taken for a time to Bath, a period which provided Scott his introduction to Home. Scott was probably absorbing all sorts of border tales and songs, and basic Scottish interests at this period of his life.