Robert Louis Stevenson



The author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped was born in the Inverleith district, at no. 8 Howard Place, a short distance from the Royal Botanic Gardens. When he was about seven the family moved up the hill to no. 17 Heriot Row. Stevenson was not a robust child, and throughout his life he never enjoyed full health.

His childhood at Heriot Row inspired in later life many of the charming poems published in A Child's Garden of Verses (1885). As a novelist and essayist, Stevenson is admired for his style, imagination and narrative skill. His most popular works are Travels With a Donkey (1879), Treasure Island (1882), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) and Kidnapped (1887).

He travelled widely in Europe and the United States; his wife, Fanny Osborne, was American. In search of better health, Stevenson and his family eventually travelled to the Pacific and settled in Samoa, where he spent the last four years of his life. He is buried there, on Mount Vaea, far from his beloved Pentland Hills.

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