A STATUE of Edinburgh-born Robert Louis Stevenson has been unveiled by crime writer Ian Rankin.
The bronze sculpture has been installed in a garden outside Colinton Parish Church, where the young Stevenson visited his grandfather, a church minister there.
Almost 300 local people and Stevenson enthusiasts turned out to celebrate the completion of the 4ft tall statue on Saturday, created by Midlothian-based sculptor Allan Herriot.
The £34,000 statue, instigated by the Colinton Conservation Trust, has been completed ahead of the annual Robert Louis Stevenson Day in Edinburgh.
Trust director Roy Durie said: “It’s actually not been that well known in Colinton, outwith people who go to the church, that Stevenson is so connected with the village. It is also a bit strange that this is the first proper statue of him in Edinburgh, when you can find them all over the world. We started off looking at this project as a way to try to revive the village and bring people together, but we hope it will now be a bit of a tourist attraction here.”
Rankin: “Colinton should already be a tourist attraction - it’s a lovely bit of secret Edinburgh and it would great if Stevenson helped bring people out here now.”