amongst a grove of silver birch trees in West Princes Street
Gardens, this small modest stone is a memorial to Robert
Louis Stevenson one of Scotland's best known
and best loved writers.
all over the world for his literary classics such as Kidnapped,
Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde, Stevenson's memorial is dwarfed by the collosal Scott
Monument situated in East Princes Street Gardens.
The stone is engraved with the simple words
"RLS - A MAN OF LETTERS 1850 - 1894"
The memorial was commissioned by The Stevenson Society in 1987
and scuplted by Ian Hamilton Finlay.
stated in his letters that he didn't want a statue of himself
and so this modest stone is appropriate to a modest man.
died in Samoa in 1894.