Daniel Terry was a brilliant actor and playwright, who was renowned in Scotland for his stage adaptations of Sir Walter Scott’s novels. He originally trained as an architect with Samuel Wyatt, but left to join theatre companies in Sheffield and Liverpool. His success there led to performances in Edinburgh from 1809 and in London from 1812, where he acted at least a dozen roles in his first season. Between 1813 and 1822 Terry appeared frequently at the Haymarket and Covent Garden, and afterwards played a few seasons at Drury Lane. He was a close friend of Sir Walter Scott and, in admiration of his hero, he frequently imitated Scott’s voice and handwriting. In 1815 he married Elizabeth, the daughter of the painter Alexander Nasmyth.