John Gibson Lockhart (1794-1854), Biographer and novelist
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Literary journalist; a brilliant advocate of the tory point of view he contributed to Blackwood's Magazine in Edinburgh and later settled in London as editor of the Quarterly Magazine, 1825; best known for his biography of Sir Walter Scott, his father-in-law.; it is considered one of the most important works in the history of biography. Much of Lockhart's seven-volume work was based on his own intimate relationship with his subject, also his father-in-law. The biography was attacked by contemporaries for exposing Scott's faults, but it is now considered to be an idealised account of Scott's dazzling literary success, its honesty compromised 'by regard for the feelings of living persons' at the time of publication.