George Gordon Byron was younger, but contemporary with Walter Scott, having been born on January 22, 1788; a difference of about 17 years. Byron is perhaps best known for his brooding hero; the Byronic hero.
Scott and Byron first met through London publisher John Murray, though they had exchanged letters previously. The two became friends, and contributed to each other's professional development. According to biographer John Buchan:
"Byron was impressed by Scott's gusto and security and broad humanity; Scott by Byron's exotic beauty and the glamour of one who lived romance...in all the difficult later years Scott remained Byron's champion, and Byron cherished one of his few esteems for a man whose humanity had sweetened his bitterness and warmed a corner of his bleak house of life..."