Writers' Museum Edinburgh

Free Entry

Lady Stair's House


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The Writers’ Museum is housed in Lady Stair’s House which was built in 1622. This was originally called Lady Gray’s Close the widow of Lord William Gray who was the wealthiest merchant of the time. After his death the house was sold to the Earl of Stair and the house was renamed after his wife on his death Lady Stair’s House. The Writer’s Museum is dedicated to the lives and work of Scotland’s great literary figures. Rare collections include early editions, manuscripts, portraits, photographs, and personal belongings of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

The Writers' Museum is on two floors with rooms dedicated to each of the famous authors, writers, poets. On the main floor on entry there is busts of the three Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. There is a replica of the Scott Monument and many documents, pictures, books and personnal items of the three.

The Writers' Museum

Robert Louis Stevenson Room

The Writers' Museum

Robert Burns Room

The Writers' Museum 

The Writers' museum is a memorial to the three famous writers who had ties to both Edinburgh and Scotland.


Robert Burns 

Robert Burns was born in Ayrshire on the 25 January 1759 and died in Dumfries on the 21 July 1796 where he is buried in the church close to where he lived.


Sir Walter Scott 


Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh on the 15 August 1771 and died on the 21 September 1832 and is buried in Dryburgh Abbey near his home Abbotsford in the Scottish Borders.  

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on the 13 November 1850 and died on 3 December 1894 and buried on Mount Vaea, Upolu, Western Samoa.

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