Canongate Stars and Stories
an illuminated literary walk
through Edinburgh’s Old Town
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
Pinning It Down
The Author: Samuel Johnson
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.’
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