Edinburgh is as famous for it’s celebrities and historic personalities as it is for its One O’clock gun. Take a look at just some of the famous people the beautiful city of Edinburgh has produced.
1. Sir Sean Connery – Famous for his starring role as 007 as well as other hits like Hunt For Red October, Sir Sean was born and bred in Edinburgh where he once had a milk round.
2. Irvine Welsh – this contemporary writer from Leith made a huge impact on not just Scottish culture but world cinema when his book Trainspotting was adapted for the big screen. His other works include, Filth, The Acid House and Ecstasy.
3. Alexander Graham Bell – if the name rings a bell that’s because in 1876 he invented the telephone. The Swedes and Italians also lay claim to inventing the telephone, but it was really a Scot.
4. Rober Louis Stevenson – walked the earth between 1850 and 1894 during which time he became one of Scotland’s most celebrated essayists, novelists and poets. Kidnapped remains, albeit arguably, his most well known work.
5. Burke and Hare – two serial killers who terrorised the city back in 1821.
6. John Knox – minister who lived in Edinburgh and was one of the most influential figures behind the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century.
7. Sir Walter Scott – the popular poet and novelist made waves in Europe, Australia and North America as well as at home in Scotland and is considered to be the first international novelist. His years spanned from 1771 to 1832 in which time he wrote Roy Roy (1817), The Lady of the Lake (1810) and The Heart of Midlothian (1818).
8. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – If you don’t know who this man is, then perhaps a clue will help – Sir Arthur was the creator of the most famous detective of all time. His Sherlock Homes novels remain hugely popular in the crime fiction genre and have been the source of may credible adaptations for television. Sir Arthur lived between 1859 and 1930.
9. Grey Friar’s Bobby – a most loyal and popular Scottie dog that stood by his owner’s grave come rain, hail or shine – or so the story goes.
10. Dame Muriel Spark – Author, literary critic and winner of numerous awards, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) remains her most famous work ahead of Memento Mori (1959), The Bachelors (1960), and Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960).
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