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In 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.

Bank Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In honour of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 medical graduate of the university, author and creator of Sherlock Holmes

Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

J. K. Rowling wrote some of the early chapters of Harry Potter in the rooms on the first floor of this building.

Black Medicine Coffee Company, 108-110 Marchmont Rd, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Made 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.

The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Alexander Graham Bell inventor of the telephone born here 3rd March 1847

14 South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In a house on the east side of this close Robert Burns lived during his first visit to Edinburgh, 1786.

Lady Stair’s Close, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

3 Bridge Street the birthplace of Sir Harry Lauder 4 August 1870 - 26 Feb 1950

3 Bridge Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Near this spot John Scott Russell discovered the Solitary Wave in August 1834

Scott Russell Aqueduct, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

William McGonagall poet and tragedian died here 29th September 1902

5 South College Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Thank God for James Young Simpson's discovery of chloroform anaesthesia in 1847.

Parliament Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Alastair Sim 1900 - 1976 actor and director was born near here

88 Lothian Rd, EH3 9BZ, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Sean Connery born Fountainbridge (25th August 1930) Oscar winning actor. International film star

Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
part of the Centenary Of Cinema 1996 series

Theo 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.

65 Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The home of Robert Louis Stevenson 1857-1880

17 Heriot Row, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Kenneth Grahame author of The Wind In The Willows was born here 8th March 1859

Castle Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This is the first building erected under the improvement act of 1867. The right honourable William Chambers of Glenormiston Lord Provost

St Mary's St, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Near 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.

Esplanade, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In the White Hart Inn Robert Burns stayed during his last visit to Edinburgh 1791

The White Hart Inn, 34 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Riddell'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

Riddle's Court, 322 Lawnmarket, EH1 2PG, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In a house on this site David Hume lived 1771 - 1776

21 South St David Street, EH2 2BW, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

To 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

George IV Bridge arch, Cowgate, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

On 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

Rear wall of National Museum of Scotland, South College Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Near this spot stood Cardinal Beaton's House.

Panmure St Ann's School, Cowgate, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

James 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

Witchery Restaurant, Castlehill, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dr. John Brown Author of "Rab and his Friends" lived in this house from 1850 to 1882

23 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

John Gibson Lockhart son-in-law and biographer of Sir Walter Scott lived here 1821 - 1825

25 Northumberland Street, EH3 6LR, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The 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)

Royal Mile, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Near this spot resided 'Clarinda'. Friend of Robert Burns. 1787 - 1791

Potterrow, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The University of Edinburgh In honour of William McEwan 1827 - 1913. MP, Founder of McEwan's Brewery, Benefactor of the Medical School and Graduation Hall

Bristo Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In 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.

Morningside Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This tablet commemorates the meeting of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott which took place here in the winter of 1786 - 87.

Sciennes House Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The 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

15 London Street, EH3 6LZ, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dr Elsie Inglis 1864-1917

219 High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Elsie Inglis surgeon

219 High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
part of the Women of Achievement series

This 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

Forrest Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Lynda Myles

Filmhouse Cinema, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Bill Douglas (1934-1991) director whose poetic vision lives on in his films. Born in Newcraighall

Whitehill Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
part of the Centenary Of Cinema 1996 series

Pilrig 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

Pilrig House, Pilrig House Close, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Empire Palace Theatre site of the first moving picture show in Scotland 13th April 1896 (New Edinburgh Festival Theatre)

Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
part of the Centenary Of Cinema 1996 series

William Edmonstoune Aytoun was born here 1813 -1865

13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Arthur Conan Doyle creator of Sherlock Holmes, was born at No.11 Picardy Place, formally opposite here, on 22nd May 1859.

Picardy Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Sir Alexander C Mackenzie. Scottish composer & musician. Born here 22nd August 1847.

22 Nelson Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

At 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.

Grassmarket, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

On 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.

Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Drumsheugh Baths Club is the oldest private swimming club in Edinburgh. The club was established on this site in 1882.

5 Belford Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society was founded at this site 1809

George Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

James 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.

Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In this house built by him Sir Henry Raeburn painted from 1798 to 1809

32 York Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Robert Garioch Sutherland Makar 1909-1981 bade here. These twa-three chuckie-stanes I lay on Scotland's cairn.

4 Nelson Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In this house Henry Brougham was born 19th September 1778

21 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Sir William MacTaggart 1903 -1981 - Painter - lived here and his wife Fanny Aavatsmark Norwegian Patriot and Journalist.

4 Drummond Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Boyds 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.

Boyds Entry, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In honour of Eric H. Liddell 1902-1945 Olympic 400 metres champion (1924) graduate of the University, teacher and missionary who lived here 1922-1924

Edinburgh University, George Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Workshop of Alexander Bain electric clock and telegraph inventor Born 1810 - Died 1877

Hannover Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Hugh 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"

City Chambers, 253 High Street, EH1 1YJ, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Hugh Miller 1802-1858 geologist, writer & naturalist lived here 1854-1856

78-80 Portobello High Street, EH15 1AN, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In 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

Waverley Station, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Fryderyk 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

Warriston Crescent, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Near this spot stood the Manse in which lived John Knox 1560 - 1566

Warriston's Close, High Street, EH1 1PG, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Bonnie Prince Charlie [full inscription unknown]

Bonnie Prince Charlie's House, 8-10 The Causeway, Duddingston, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Sir James Young Simpson Lived in this house from 1845 to 1870, and in 1847 discovered the anaesthetic power of chloroform.

52 Queen Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

William 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.

1 Moray Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Jean Thomson Harris wife of Paul Harris founder of Rotary was born here.

9 Cumberland Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

George Jamesone Artist b 1588 d 1644

High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This 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.

Old Observatory House, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In 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.

North Bridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Grassmarket Mission, undenominational, erected in memory of James Fairbairn founder and first superintendent of this mission. Died 3rd May 1894 "His works do follow him"

Grassmarket, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Formally the shop of James Gillespie of Spylaw. Tobacco and snuff manufacturer. Founder of James Gillespie's Hospital and schools. Died 8 April 1797.

231 High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

John Kay 1742-1826 Barber and Miniaturist. Lived Here.

231 High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In proud and grateful memory of George Chalmers 1773-1836 master plumber who lived and worked near this site. Founder of Chalmers Hospital.

?, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Anchor 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.

Anchor Close, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

David Roberts RA, landscape painter, was born here on 24th October 1796

8 Gloucester Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

On 4 April 1508 in the Cowgate, Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar completed The Complaint of the Black Knight on Scotland's first printing press.

Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

George 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.

Drummond Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

John 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.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The poppies above mark that this close gave access to the Lady Haig's poppy factory from 1931 to 1965. The factory continues with its work today from Warriston Road, Edinburgh.

Panmure Close, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Women of Achievement. The Stevenson Sisters. Social Reformers.

13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Panmure Close. Here the Jacobite Earl of Panmure had his town house and garden. The house was later occupied by Adam Smith author of "The Wealth of Nations".

Panmure Close, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

David Laing 1793 - 1878. Antiquary & historian. Lived near here 1845 - 1878.

Laing Terrace, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In Panmure House, on the east side of this close, Adam Smith lived from 1778 to 1790.

Panmure Close, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Tower. Built c.1786 as a summer house using medieval carved stones.

Beach Lane, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Portobello. Former Town Hall 1863 - 1877. Architect David Bryce.

189 High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Vaults. Built 1682 -. Leith's oldest warehouse. Wine cellars pre 1587.

Henderson Street, Leith, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Ned Barnie 1896 - 1983 channel swimmer lived here.

7 Straiton Place, Portobello, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Sir Walter Scott frequently visited this house June-July 1827 then occupied by his son in law Lockhart and his family.

37 Bellfield Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

To the rear of this site lies a remaining section of the Flodden wall. Built to protect Edinburgh some time after the Battle of Flodden (1513). Remains to conserve the wall were carried out jointly by the University and the District Council of Edinburgh in 1988.

Pleasance, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Portobello Town Hall 1878 - 1896. Architect Robert Patterson.

High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Site of 7 Melbourne Place. Hall of the Royal Medical Society 1852 - 1966 where many Edinburgh medical men delivered their first scientific dissertation.

1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Helen Hopekirk 1856 - 1945. Composer Pianist Teacher. Lived here 1856 - 1868.

148 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In honour of Benjamin Rush 1746 - 1813. Signatory, American Declaration of Independence, medical graduate of the University.

George Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In honour of Elizabeth Wiskemann 1901 - 1971. Historian and first woman to hold a chair at the University. Montague Burton Professor of International Relations (1954 - 1961).

George Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Sir William Russell Flint 1880-1969. Artist. Lived here 1886-1900.

9 Rosefield Place, Portobello, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In honour of Peter Mark Roget 1779 - 1869. Physician and philologist, author of the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, graduate of the University.

George Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

(Within Galloways Entry) occupies the site of the Earl of Wintons' town mansion better known as My Lord Seytoun's Lugeing in the Cannongate See Scott's "Abbot" Vol.1 Chap. XVIII.

Cannongate, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

On this site stood the tenement known as Golfer's Land. It was built in the 17th century by Bailie John Paterson the golfer with, it is said, his share of the stakes from a golf match when he partnered the Duke of York (afterwards James VII) against two English noblemen. The bronze coat of arms is a copy of a stone carving which was built into Golfer's land. Another panel with Latin inscription by Dr Pitcairne, which may be seen in the courtyard to the rear, links the Paterson family with the Building and the name of golf.

Cannongate, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The City Chambers formally The Royal Exchange. Designed by John Adam, the eldest of the Adam brothers, this building was erected 1753-1761 as an exchange and customs house. In 1811 it became The City Chambers when the town council moved here from the tolbooth. Extended in 1904 and 1934 it has served as the administrative centre for Edinburgh Corporation and since 1975 for the Council of the City of Edinburgh.

253 High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

On this site stood the lodgings of Sir Simon Preston of Craigmillar, Provost of the City of Edinburgh 1566-7, in which lodging Mary Queen of Scotland after her surrender to the confederate lords at Carberry Hill, spent her last night in Edinburgh, 15 June 1567. On the following evening she was conveyed to Holyrood and thereafter to Lochleven Castle as a state prisoner.

253 High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Advocate's Close. Residence of Lord Advocate Sir James Stewart 1692 - 1713 also Andrew Crosbie the jovial "Counsellor Pleydell". Earlier Sir John Scougal painter of William III and Queen Mary. West stands mansion of Bishop Bothwell died 1593.

357 High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In 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

Edinburgh Medical School (Old Medical School), Teviot Row, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

1850 1894 In this hall Robert Louis Stevenson first went to school circa 1857

14 Canonmills, EH3 5LH, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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