Literary Edinburgh: 9 Edinburgh authors and where they used to live in the city

Edinburgh’s literary heritage features a diverse range of famous names, from Sir Walter Scott to Arthur Conan Doyle to Muriel Spark.

Edinburgh has a rich history of literature dating back centuries. And in 2004 it became Unesco’s first City of Literature – the start of a network which now includes 42 cities spanning 28 countries and six continents.

From Enlightenment figures like David Hume and the 19th century’s Robert Louis Stevenson to modern authors like Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh and Alexander McCall Smith, the Capital has been home to a wide variety of brilliant, creative minds and the inspiration for their work. Some of the most respected and influential writers lived here, walking the city’s streets and going about their daily business.

Here are nine famous authors from Edinburgh and where they lived in the city.