Sir Walter Scott's son-in-law and biographer died on November 25, 1854. John Gibson Lockhart enjoyed a distinguished literary career aside from his "The Life of Scott". Lockhart's reputation as a writer was founded in writing for the Tory magazine Blackwood, which he joined in 1817. It was his contributions to this magazine that ultimately connected him to Scott, and later to Scott's daughter Sophia. Lockhart was 60 at the time of his death.