Writers' Collections

Writers' CollectionsA young visitor looking at exhibits relating to Robert Louis Stevenson

The Writers’ rich collections include books, manuscripts, portraits and fascinating personal items relating to Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Highlights include Burns’ writing desk, Scott’s rocking horse and Stevenson’s riding boots and ring.

We have a first edition of Scott’s novel Waverley and Stevenson’s beloved classic, A Child’s Garden of Verses. Manuscripts include Burns’ draft of Scots wha hae (‘Bruce’s Address to his troops at Bannockburn’). There is also the press on which Scott’s Waverley Novels were printed, a chair used by Burns to correct proofs at William Smellie’s printing office, and Stevenson’s wardrobe made by the infamous Deacon Brodie whose double life may have inspired the novel The strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.


Robert Burns Collections

The rise of Robert Burns (1759-1796) from ‘ploughman’ to poet and darling of Edinburgh society is the stuff of legend. The Writers’ Museum holds an outstanding collection of personal objects, published works and manuscripts relating to one of Scotland’s best-loved poets.

Robert Louis Stevenson Collections

This collection at the Writers’ Museum evokes the adventurous life of one of Scotland’s best-loved writers. It includes portraits and photographs, personal possessions and books, as well as treasures from Stevenson’s travels.

Sir Walter Scott Collections

The Writers’ Museum holds an fascinating collection of items relating to the great Scottish writer and poet Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). These range from a printing press and rocking horse to published works.

The Literary City: Makars' Court

Makars’ Court takes its name from the Scots word for a poet or author. This peaceful public space lies next to the Writers’ Museum. Beautifully inscribed flagstones celebrate Scottish writers from the 14th century to today.