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Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) Travelled to Scotland (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Highlands, Stirling etc.) 1823 revisited Edinburgh.

George Borrow (1803-81) 1813 ed. Edinburgh, Clonmel and Norwich.

John Buchan (1875-1940) The John Buchan Centre in Broughton, a few miles west of Peebles, on the A701 between Moffat and Edinburgh. Well worth visiting. There is a John Buchan Trail, published by the Scottish Borders Tourist Board, Tel: 01750 20555, which starts in Peebles. I am buying the booklet, so watch this space!

John Buchan's Country

conan doyleArthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859,
11 Picardy Place

at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, although his birthplace no longer stands. After Arthur reached his ninth birthday, the wealthy members of the Doyle family offered to pay for his studies. He went to Lancashire. He came back and studied medicine at Edinburgh and Plymouth. Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle's first gainful employment after his graduation was as a medical officer on the steamer Mayumba, a battered old vessel navigating between Liverpool and the west coast of Africa.

Dorothy Dunnett (1923-2001)Educated at Gillespie's High School for Girls, in Edinburgh. Her time there overlapped with Muriel Spark, who later wrote The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie about the same school. She lived most of her life in Edinburgh. I do not know how many times she moved but she finally lived at 87 Colinton Road. She died on 9th Nov 2001 in an Edinburgh hospice.

Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932) born at 18 ? Edinburgh

Neil Munro (1864-1930) A stone commemorating Munro, with a quotation from New Road has been added to Makars' Court in Edinburgh, Scotland's Poets' Corner.

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) Patient at Craiglockhart War Hospital where he met the poet Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves.

Shelley (1792-1822) m. Harriet Westbrook in Edinburgh

Muriel Spark (1918-2006) She was born and brought up in a flat on Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, in 1918, the only daughter of Bernard Camberg, a Jewish engineer, and Sarah Uezzell, who was Anglican. Her brother Philip, a research chemist who died in 2001, was five years older. At the age of 5 started her education at James Gillespie’s school, Edinburgh, where she encountered Christina Kay, the inspiration for Brodie. Worked as a secretary in a department store on Edinburgh’s Princes Street.

R L Stevenson (1850-94) born 13.11.50, 1857 the family moved to 17 Heriot Row, educated in Edinburgh, where he read law, commemorated in Edinburgh and Bournemouth. There is a heart-shaped stone outside Edinburgh Cathedral to mark the site of Tolbooth Prison. At The Hawes Inn, South Queensferry, in room 13, he began "Kidnapped". There is now a newly created Stevenson room at this 16th century inn, see pictures below. The Writer's Museum at Lady Stair's House, James Close, holds portraits and letters, and other relics brought back from Samoa where he died.


Stevenson's house at Swanston, a tiny village (comprising a few houses) within the city of Edinburgh.  It is at the foot of the Pentland Hills on the south side of the city
Old Glencorse Church
Hawes Inn
Sign on room

The Hawes Inn, Queensferry (left) with the sign over the newly created Stevenson Room


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