34 North Castle Street, Edinburgh

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

Born in Edinburgh, Scott is one of this city's most famous sons. He is commemorated by a large monument in Princes Street, Edinburgh's most celebrated thoroughfare, only minutes from 34 North Castle Street.

painting of Sir Walter Scott

Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

Born in Alloway, Scotland's national poet spent much time in Scotland's capital. Following the publication of his Kilmarknock Edition in 1786 Burns spent much of the next 18 months in Edinburgh trying to arrange the publication of a second edition of his poems, and enjoying the adulation afforded him by the literati set.

painting of Robert Burns

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

Born in Edinburgh, RLS found great fame with Treasure Island (1883) and Kidnappped, (1886) but it was with The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde that he made his most lasting literary contribution. This dark, gothic novel satirised the double standards of Victorian society through the dual nature of its eponymous character(s).

He moved to Samoa with his family in 1888 but never shook off bronchial problems that plagued his early life and died at only 44.

painting of Robert Louis Stevenson

Kenneth Grahame (1859 - 1932)

Born in Castle Street in Edinburgh, the author found fame eventually with the publication of The Wind in the Willows. The work was originally produced as letters to his son Alastair and, although released in 1908, was by no means an overnight success.

painting of Kenneth Grahame heritage

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

Interested in the literary history of Edinburgh? You mustn't miss the Edinburgh literary pub tour! Click on the icon to find out more about an excellent and informative night out in 'Auld Reekie'