In the heart of Edinburgh, in a tranquil spot off the Royal Mile, is Lady Stair’s Close. And there you’ll find, in her house which was built in 1622, the Writers’ Museum whose permanent collection is dedicated to the lives and work of three of Scotland’s great literary figures – Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
The Sir Walter Scott Collection covers both his literary works and private life. Visitors can see the printing press on which the Waverley Novels were produced, and a first edition of his debut novel of the same name, also a poignant portrait by Sir Francis Grant shows Scott writing Count Robert of Paris, in 1831. The Museum also houses Scott’s dining table, used in his Edinburgh home, as part of an elegant re-created dining room. More intimately, the rocking horse Scott played with as a boy and his chess set and private letters are also on display.
The Writers’ Museum overlooks Makar’s Court where you can find words of wisdom from other Scottish writers and poets.