Lockhart first met Sir Walter Scott in 1818 and married his daughter, Sophia, two years later. The close friendship of the two men was to result in his monumental `Life of Sir Walter Scott? which appeared in 1838, six year's after Scott's death. Lockhart had earlier published a `Life of Burns? (1828) and a number of novels, including `Adam Blair? (1822), which was unusual for its time in its surprisingly graphic treatment of a sexual theme.