Queen Street Gardens


Farmer Wood's cattle pond in Queen Street Gardens (Central), well hidden from the surrounding roads

Queen Street Gardens  -  East District  -  on 'Edinburgh Parks and Gardens Open Day'  -  May 6, 2006

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                  Photograph taken:   May 6, 2006, 4.04pm

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   Queen Street Gardens  - Central District  -  on 'Edinburgh Parks and Gardens Open Day'  -  May 6, 2006


Queen Street Gardens

The author, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), was born in Edinburgh, son of Thomas Stevenson a noted lighthouse engineer. 

He lived with his family at 17 Heriot Row and used to play in these gardens which ran along the southern side of the street.  He would have been able to see Farmer Wood's cattle pond from his bedroom window.

Robert Louis Stevenson

aged 7

   Photograph by John Moffat of Robert Louis Stevenson aged 7

This pond may have been the inspiration for Skeleton Island, an  island in  Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, Treasure Island, published in 1883.


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