Charles Darwin in Edinburgh
Charles Darwin was born on 12 February 1809 in Shrewsbury, and at the age of 16 arrived in the Scottish capital to study medicine at the University of Edinurgh, in 1825. The Lost World Read is part of Darwin200, celebrating Darwin's bicentenary.
Charles and his brother Erasmus stayed in boarding house at eleven Lothian Street. The spot is marked by a plaque.
National Library of Scotland
Based on George IV Bridge, the John Murray Archive contains a first edition of On the origin of species by means of natural selection (London: John Murray, 1859).
The Darwin Library
The Library is housed at King's Buildings, and holds the University of Edinburgh's Biological Sciences and Chemistry Collections.
The Life of Charles Darwin
You can read more about the Darwin's life in our specially produced Reader's Guide, which is available to read for free online. You can also visit the UK campaign website at www.lostworldread.com.
This year is the 150th birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for creating the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.
It's also 200 years since Charles Darwin was born, who also has ties to our city - he studied at the University of Edinburgh