Robert Graham 1874 is located close to the old White Horse pub, which was the oldest on the Royal Mile, dating back to 1874. 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.

Just round the corner from Robert Graham 1874, a plaque at Boyd’s entry – 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



Samuel Johnson’s skills as a wordsmith were put to good use in his Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1755. This epic tome contains many amusing entries among all the useful definitions, including:

“Oats: A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.”