Why this quote was picked for this location on the map:


The White Horse is the oldest pub on the Royal Mile, dating back to 1742.

Thirty years after opening, it received those notorious literary travellers Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, who met in Edinburgh before their tour of the Hebrides. Around the corner, a plaque at Boyd’s Entry – which was named for the proprietor of The White Horse, James Boyd – commemorates the event.

The now famous trip was just one chapter in a long friendship which would result in Boswell’s celebrated biography Life of Johnson.



Every writer has his use

– Samuel Johnson




Despite the modest claim in this quotation, Samuel Johnson put his literary skills to great use in his Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1755.

This epic tome contains many amusing entries, including: OATS – ‘A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.’