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Location: 17 Heriot Row
Born at Edinburgh in 1850, one of Scotland’s greatest writers and author of Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson grew up in this house from the age of six.
Here he was cared for through many illnesses by his mother and his beloved nurse Alison Cunningham, known as ‘Cummie’. As an adult Stevenson travelled extensively in Europe, writing about his adventures in An Inland Voyage, travels in a canoe from Antwerp, Belgium, to Pontoise, France and Travels With a Donkey in the Cévennes, solo hiking in the mountains of south-central France, one of the first books to present hiking and camping as recreational activities. It tells of commissioning one of the first sleeping bags. On one of his voyages to France, he met his future wife, Fanny Vandergrift Osborne, in an artists’ colony near Paris.
You can discover more about Stevenson in Edinburgh here.
This is the last stop on our Edinburgh New Town Eurowallk. We hope you enjoyed it. Why not try one of our other Edinburgh Eurowalks – Calton Hill or Leith?
Picture credits: Stuart Baillie Strong/Edinburgh4Europe