The Writers Museum in Edinburgh Scotland celebrates the lives of three giants of Scottish Literature

Lady Stair’s House built in 1622 by Sir William Gray. In 1907 the house was gifted to the City of Edinburgh to be used as a museum.

The Chatillon-sur-Loire Plate

“In August 1875 Stevenson, with his friend Walter Simpson, went on a walking tour in France “in the green, breezy valley of the Loing”

During this tour, when the travellers were passing through Chatillon-sur-Loire, Stevenson was arrested on suspicion of being a Prussian spy, partly because his papers were not in order, and partly because of his usual, but rather unconventional, appearance. He spent a few hours in prison in the town.

RLS later took delight in describing the interview between him and the police sergeant who arrested him.

In May 2012 a group of members of the RLS Club from Edinburgh visited Chatillon-sur-Loire, and after visiting the former prison where RLS had been held, were welcomed by the Mayor of the town, M. Emmanuel Rat.

M. Rat presented a Gien faience plate showing the arms of Chatillon to the members of the Club in order to bring to a close, after 137 years, the unhappy incident that had linked the name of RLS to the town.” The Writer's Museum

“The Pentland Rising, a Page of History, 1666-the earliest work of Stevenson’s to be published; printed at the request of Thomas Stevenson on 28 November 1866. It tells, in fictional manner, of the defeat of Covenanters at the Battle of Rullion Green and its aftermath." The Writer's Museum

Marble bust of Burns by William Brodie, RSA (1815- 1881)

Bronze bust of Sir Walter Scott by Sir Frances Chantry RA (1782-1841)

Plaster bust of Robert Louis Stevenson by D.W. Stevenson, RSA (1842-1904)

Writing desk, late 18th century, used by Robert Burns until his death in 1796.

The Funeral of Burns, Dumfries, 25th July 1796

"Photograph of engraving by William Forrest (1805-89) after the painting by W.E. Lockhart RSA (1844-1900). The procession was led by the Dumbries Royal Volunteers, a regiment that Burns helped form in January 1795 when Britain was threatened by invasion from France. The route was lined with thousands of mourners and by troops from the Angusshire Fencibles and the Cinque Ports Cavalry.” The Writer's Museum

“Chessboard and chessmen, once the property of Sir Walter Scott. In his Life of Sir Walter Scott, JG Lockhart wrote “But Scott did not pursue the science of chess after his boyhood. He used to say that it was a shame to throw away upon mastering a mere game, however ingenious, the time which would suffice for the acquisition of a new language. “Surely”, he said, “chess playing is a sad waste of brains.” “ The Writer's Museum

Souvenir programme for Gala Performance of Rob Roy at the Royal Lyceum Theatre 17 October 1962.

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