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Hidden history of Heriot Row revealed

A new website developed by the residents reveals the history of the street.

Jul 19, 2010

A new website developed by the residents of Heriot Row reveals the fascinating history of the historic street.

Heriot Row is perhaps one of the most famous streets in the New Town, well known as the childhood home of the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson. However new research by residents has uncovered links with many fascinating historic characters and events.

The website brings together the 200 year history of the street with details of past residents, stories associated with Heriot Row, photos and period maps.

The first houses on Heriot Row were built in 1804, with residents drawn from Edinburgh’s professional classes. Lawyers in particular seem to have been attracted to the street, although scientist James Clerk Maxwell, author Elizabeth Grant and artist Alexander Munro also lived there.

Among the stories unearthed in the archives was a reference to an unusual crime. On the night of 24th December 1845, five unlucky residents had their Christmas dinner stolen from their game larders.

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