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1253646_651a3f0a_120x120Robert W. Philip blue plaque in EdinburghIn memory of Sir Robert W. Philip 1857-1939 physician, statesman of preventative medicine, first Professor of Tuberculosis in the University of Edinburgh. Near this place, in 1887, Dr Robert W. Philip founded a tuberculosis dispensary, the first clinic in the world dedicated to fighting a disease of which he foretold man's eventual mastery. His vision has brought hope to many lands.
NophotosqrArthur Conan Doyle red plaque in EdinburghIn honour of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 medical graduate of the university, author and creator of Sherlock Holmes
8360726791_165e101611_sJ. K. Rowling black plaque in EdinburghJ. K. Rowling wrote some of the early chapters of Harry Potter in the rooms on the first floor of this building.
8360726267_187bcf4b90_sJ. K. Rowling, Ian Rankin, and Alexander McCall-Smith brass plaque in EdinburghMade famous as the place of inspiration to writers such as J. K. Rowling, who sat writing much of her early novels in the back room overlooking Edinburgh Castle. Ian Rankin, author of the Rebus novels, and Alexander McCall-Smith have both also frequented The Elephant House, as well as many other writers.
5903302946_a7452c17a0_sAlexander Graham Bell stone plaque in EdinburghAlexander Graham Bell inventor of the telephone born here 3rd March 1847
8205094477_0a206c07b4_sRobert Burns black plaque in EdinburghIn a house on the east side of this close Robert Burns lived during his first visit to Edinburgh, 1786.
NophotosqrHarry Lauder brass plaque in Edinburgh3 Bridge Street the birthplace of Sir Harry Lauder 4 August 1870 - 26 Feb 1950
7801693500_3233556863_sJohn Scott Russell brass plaque in EdinburghNear this spot John Scott Russell discovered the Solitary Wave in August 1834
11821258894_db248da299_sWilliam McGonagall black plaque in EdinburghWilliam McGonagall poet and tragedian died here 29th September 1902
James_young_simpson_memorial_plaque,_st._giles_high_kirk,_edinburghJames Young Simpson white plaque in EdinburghThank God for James Young Simpson's discovery of chloroform anaesthesia in 1847.
6558658011_7c8194e805_sAlastair Sim stone plaque in EdinburghAlastair Sim 1900 - 1976 actor and director was born near here
Sean_connery_plaque,_fountainbridge_edinburghSean Connery film cell plaque in EdinburghSean Connery born Fountainbridge (25th August 1930) Oscar winning actor. International film star
NophotosqrDavid Theodore Nelson Williamson grey plaque in EdinburghTheo Williamson's House In this house lived David Theodore Nelson Williamson 1920-1992. Mechanical and Electrical Engineer. Originator of high-quality sound reproduction through his amplifier. World pioneer in the application of Numerical Control to Machine Tools which led to Computer-Aided Manufacture.
11868265305_4a934c2502_sRobert Louis Stevenson stone plaque in EdinburghThe home of Robert Louis Stevenson 1857-1880
11821253904_24ea5b4ab3_sKenneth Grahame black plaque in EdinburghKenneth Grahame author of The Wind In The Willows was born here 8th March 1859
11821256264_499d1c15da_sStone plaque № 9771 in EdinburghThis is the first building erected under the improvement act of 1867. The right honourable William Chambers of Glenormiston Lord Provost
Nova_scotia_plaque,_edinburgh_castle_esplanadeBronze plaque № 9868 in EdinburghNear this spot in 1625 Sir William Alexander of Menstrie, Earl of Stirling, received sasine, or lawful possession of the Royal Province of Nova Scotia by the ancient and symbolic ceremony of delivery of earth and stone from Castlehill by a representative of the King. Here also (1625-1637) the Scottish Baronets of Nova Scotia received sasine of their distant baronies.
8360726387_4609944f77_sRobert Burns blue plaque in EdinburghIn the White Hart Inn Robert Burns stayed during his last visit to Edinburgh 1791
1731851167_32f96c9e02_sDavid Hume bronze plaque in EdinburghRiddell's Close and Court in this close lived David Hume before settling in James's Court. In Court beyond Baillie Macmorran banqueted in his house James VI, his queen and Danish nobles
11821593896_3b4b815f4f_sDavid Hume stone plaque in EdinburghIn a house on this site David Hume lived 1771 - 1776
3510661_8488b7f8_120x120James Connolly gold plaque in EdinburghTo the memory of James Connolly born 5th June 1868 at 107 Cowgate renowned international trade union and working class leader founder of Irish Socialist Republican Party member of provisional government of Irish Republic executed 12th May 1916 at Kilmainham Jail Dublin
11824972496_789df0be4a_sStone plaque № 10690 in EdinburghNear this spot stood Cardinal Beaton's House.
8360728395_b317d32a1f_sCharles Robert Darwin bronze plaque in EdinburghOn this site Charles Darwin (1809-1882) author of The Origin of Species lodged at 11 Lothian Street while studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh 1825-1827
James_boswell_and_samuel_johnson_plaque,_edinburghJames Boswell and Samuel Johnson brass plaque in EdinburghJames Boswell (1740-1795) and Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) are reputed to have met and dined in this building circa 1770. James Boswell the Scot's writer was acclaimed for his literary classic "Life of Johnson" a biography of his illustrious friend Dr Samuel Johnson the learned scholar, philosopher and critic
7833037058_caa34e752e_sJohn Brown stone plaque in EdinburghDr. John Brown Author of "Rab and his Friends" lived in this house from 1850 to 1882
7844061884_bb04268832_sJohn Gibson Lockhart stone plaque in EdinburghJohn Gibson Lockhart son-in-law and biographer of Sir Walter Scott lived here 1821 - 1825
8139845710_c30f3bee78_sGodfrey Thomson grey plaque in EdinburghThe University of Edinburgh In Honour of Sir Godfrey Thomson 1881-1955 Pioneer of Educational Testing, Bell Professor of Education, Director of Moray House College (1925-51)
8206127716_c3f9f95a30_sAgnes McLehose bronze plaque in EdinburghNear this spot resided 'Clarinda'. Friend of Robert Burns. 1787 - 1791
8208629410_ddc5042bf7_sWilliam McEwan bronze plaque in EdinburghThe University of Edinburgh In honour of William McEwan 1827 - 1913. MP, Founder of McEwan's Brewery, Benefactor of the Medical School and Graduation Hall
8218347720_144306ff9b_sRed plaque № 11850 in EdinburghIn which the Royal Standard was last pitched for the muster of the Scottish Army on the Borough-Muir before the Battle of Flodden 1513 It long lay in the adjoining field, was then built into this wall near this spot, and finally placed here by Sir John Stuart Forbes of Pitsligo Bart 1852. Highest and midmost was described The Royal Banner floating wide; The Staff, a pine iter strong and straight, Pitch'd deeply in a massive stone, Which still in memory is shown, yet bend beneath the standard's weight.
8189674389_b2bbf3fc5c_sRobert Burns and Walter Scott bronze plaque in EdinburghThis tablet commemorates the meeting of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott which took place here in the winter of 1786 - 87.
3498341_cef0ee04_120x120Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson and Matthías Jochumsson bronze plaque in EdinburghThe Icelandic national anthem "Ó Guð vors lands" by the composer Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson and the poet Matthías Jochumsson was written and composed in this house in 1874
11821258194_5245d7f9eb_sBronze plaque № 11879 in EdinburghDr Elsie Inglis 1864-1917
11868098975_3bcbcba437_sGreen plaque № 11880 in EdinburghElsie Inglis surgeon
8208873170_b1f46b046e_sBronze plaque № 11845 in EdinburghThis section of stonework and the strip of setts on the pavement (which also extends across the traffic island) mark the line of the 16th Century Flodden Wall the necessity for which arose from fear of English invasion following the disastrous Battle of Flodden in 1513
NophotosqrLynda Myles green plaque in EdinburghLynda Myles
Plaque_for_bill_douglas, Douglas film cell plaque in EdinburghBill Douglas (1934-1991) director whose poetic vision lives on in his films. Born in Newcraighall
NophotosqrBlue plaque № 11878 in EdinburghPilrig House built by Gilbert Kirkwood 1638 home of the Balfours of Pilrig 1718-1941. "I came in view of Pilrig, a pleasant gabled house set by the walkside among some brave young woods" from 'Catriona' by Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
NophotosqrEmpire Palace Theatre film cell plaque in EdinburghThe Empire Palace Theatre site of the first moving picture show in Scotland 13th April 1896 (New Edinburgh Festival Theatre)
8360723043_23297cf8da_sBrass plaque № 12010 in EdinburghWilliam Edmonstoune Aytoun was born here 1813 -1865
8361784988_a0cf6e3dfe_sArthur Conan Doyle bronze plaque in EdinburghArthur Conan Doyle creator of Sherlock Holmes, was born at No.11 Picardy Place, formally opposite here, on 22nd May 1859.
8361785310_3fc842bea1_sAlexander Mackenzie stone plaque in EdinburghSir Alexander C Mackenzie. Scottish composer & musician. Born here 22nd August 1847.
8360726459_ac8018c6c8_sBrass plaque № 12015 in EdinburghAt this place on the night of September 7th 1736 Cpt. Jock Porteous of the Edinburgh City Guard was brutally lynched from a dyers pole by an Edinburgh Mob.
8361788984_5d9ffd33bc_sBlue plaque № 12017 in EdinburghOn 6th August, 1729, the first voluntary hospital in Scotland was opened in a little house on this site, opposite the head of Robinson's Close. While still in that house in 1736, it became the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
11869024756_8a315b51cc_sDrumsheugh Baths Club brass plaque in EdinburghDrumsheugh Baths Club is the oldest private swimming club in Edinburgh. The club was established on this site in 1882.
8360721461_b52a8a1aea_sMulticoloured plaque № 12002 in EdinburghRoyal Caledonian Horticultural Society was founded at this site 1809
8360728545_1dd68c15ec_sBronze plaque № 12004 in EdinburghJames Finlayson industrialist and philanthropist. Born Penicuik 1772 died 1852 in the part of this property that was then number eight Nicolson Square. Around his great textile manufacturing enterprise in Finland grew that country's second city of Tampere. His spiritual qualities and his love of mankind have seen to his name being one deeply respected in Finland's industrial and national history.
8360722119_f6f313e872_sStone plaque № 12006 in EdinburghIn this house built by him Sir Henry Raeburn painted from 1798 to 1809
8361785388_72bd190c4e_sBronze plaque № 12007 in EdinburghRobert Garioch Sutherland Makar 1909-1981 bade here. These twa-three chuckie-stanes I lay on Scotland's cairn.
8361784128_f2044eb236_sHenry Peter Brougham bronze plaque in EdinburghIn this house Henry Brougham was born 19th September 1778
8360722579_3759b697b2_sBronze plaque № 12009 in EdinburghSir William MacTaggart 1903 -1981 - Painter - lived here and his wife Fanny Aavatsmark Norwegian Patriot and Journalist.
8361789352_845dd8d487_sSamuel Johnson stone plaque in EdinburghBoyds Inn. At which D. Samuel Johnson arrived in Edinburgh 14th August 1773. On his memorable tour to the Hebrides. Occupied the larger part of the site of this building.
Eric_liddel_memorial_plaque,_edinburgh_universityEric Henry Liddell brown plaque in EdinburghIn honour of Eric H. Liddell 1902-1945 Olympic 400 metres champion (1924) graduate of the University, teacher and missionary who lived here 1922-1924
8509963093_4f703955b0_sAlexander Bain stone plaque in EdinburghWorkshop of Alexander Bain electric clock and telegraph inventor Born 1810 - Died 1877
8595616482_d4bce970c7_sHugh Miller brown plaque in EdinburghHugh Miller (1802 - 1856) geologist and naturalist, writer and folklorist Hugh Miller edited The Witness newspaper at 297 High Street from 15 January 1840 until his death on 24th December 1856 "Life is itself a school, and nature always a fresh study"
NophotosqrHugh Miller blue plaque in EdinburghHugh Miller [full inscription unknown]
9081091984_567dca7f89_sNigel Gresley bronze plaque in EdinburghIn Memory of The Life and Work of Sir Nigel Gresley 1876-1941 Born in this City Chief Mechanical Engineer, 1923-1941 London & North Eastern Railway
1405471_ec5e8022_120x120Frédéric Chopin stone plaque in EdinburghFryderyk Chopin 1810 - 1849 Polish composer stayed here on the occasion of his concert in Edinburgh on the 4th of October 1848 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of this event this plaque was placed by the Polish community and their Scottish friends in 1948
Polish_school_of_medicine_plaque,_edinburgh_medical_schoolBronze plaque № 28213 in EdinburghIn the dark days of 1941 when Polish universities were destroyed and Polish professors died in concentration camps the University of Edinburgh established the Polish School of Medicine. This memorial was set up by the students, lecturers and professors of the Polish School of Medicine in gratitude to the University of Edinburgh for the part it played in the preservation of Polish science and learning. Jako Wyraz Wdzieczności Uniwersytetu Edinburskeigo za utworzenie Polskiej placówki naukowej w Edynburgu płytę tę ofiarowali studenci wykładowcy i profesorowie Polskiego wydziału lekarskiego 1941 - 1949
Warriston_close_plaqueJohn Knox bronze plaque in EdinburghNear this spot stood the Manse in which lived John Knox 1560 - 1566
NophotosqrCharles Edward Stuart stone plaque in EdinburghBonnie Prince Charlie [full inscription unknown]
11821610146_d119ff197a_sBronze plaque № 30279 in EdinburghGeorge Jamesone Artist b 1588 d 1644
11632773635_e5937f3b10_sBronze plaque № 30280 in EdinburghWilliam Graham LLD educationist lived here 1856-1871. Pioneer of secondary education for girls. Principal founder of the Scottish Institution for the Education of Young Ladies 1834-1870.
11820842765_9e0408d5c0_sBlack plaque № 30281 in EdinburghJean Thomson Harris wife of Paul Harris founder of Rotary was born here.
11821599226_444c030c1f_sStone plaque № 30282 in EdinburghSir James Young Simpson Lived in this house from 1845 to 1870, and in 1847 discovered the anaesthetic power of chloroform.
11821599806_7f83ce47b9_sBrass plaque № 30283 in EdinburghIn 1847 in a pharmacy on this site Duncan Flockhart & Co made the chloroform used by Sir James Young Simpson in the historic experiments on the relief of pain. This plaque was erected on the occasion of the Third World Congress of the International Association for the Study of Pain held in Edinburgh 1981.
11821604676_41b9784102_sBlack plaque № 30284 in EdinburghThis plaque was unveiled by the Rt. Hon. Norman Irons Lord Provost of Edinburgh on 31st October 1994 the 250th anniversary of the birth of James Craig 1744-1795. Planner of Edinburgh's first new town and the architect of this building.
11821600946_52964e182e_sBrass plaque № 30286 in EdinburghGrassmarket Mission, undenominational, erected in memory of James Fairbairn founder and first superintendent of this mission. Died 3rd May 1894 "His works do follow him"
11820840525_2f8354f69f_sBlack plaque № 30287 in EdinburghFormally the shop of James Gillespie of Spylaw. Tobacco and snuff manufacturer. Founder of James Gillespie's Hospital and schools. Died 8 April 1797.
11868451804_17acf1b2b7_sBronze plaque № 30288 in EdinburghJohn Kay 1742-1826 Barber and Miniaturist. Lived Here.
11821111873_de4538884f_sBlack plaque № 30298 in EdinburghIn proud and grateful memory of George Chalmers 1773-1836 master plumber who lived and worked near this site. Founder of Chalmers Hospital.
11820854155_c74e3193bd_sBlack plaque № 30338 in EdinburghAnchor Tavern howff of "Crochallan Fencibles" : in close was Smellie's printing house where were printed Burn's works and Encyclopaedia Britannica 1st edition. Parents of Sir Walter Scott resided here until 1771.
11820849175_39065d6bc8_sDavid Roberts bronze plaque in EdinburghDavid Roberts RA, landscape painter, was born here on 24th October 1796
11821605296_085b1a9f3a_sAndrow Myllar and Walter Chepman black plaque in EdinburghOn 4 April 1508 in the Cowgate, Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar completed The Complaint of the Black Knight on Scotland's first printing press.
11936510143_136148b324_sBlack plaque № 30373 in EdinburghGeorge Davie (1912-2007), philosopher and author of The Democratic Intellect, introduced to each other High MacDiarmid (1892-1978), author of the Scots poem A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle, and Sorley MacLean (1911-1996), author of the Gaelic poems Dain do Eimhir, in what was Rutherford's in 1934.
11979080606_25325ae163_sSlate plaque № 30376 in EdinburghJohn Watson's School 1828-1975. This building, originally John Watson's Institution, was designed by William Burn in 1825, opening in 1828 under the aegis of the Society of H.M.Writers to the Signet. Its original purpose was to house, maintain and educate destitute children. The institution became John Watson's School in 1934, enrolling fee-paying pupils whilst maintaining its original purpose and by 1957 the school offered continuous education to all pupils from 5-18 years. In 1975, despite its growing reputation, John Watson's School unexpectedly closed after the withdrawal of its grant. The building reopened as the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 1984.

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