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Saturday, 13 November 2010

On this day in Scottish history

13 November 1850 - Robert Louis Stevenson, author and poet, is born in Edinburgh's New Town.

He is perhaps best loved for creating the lastingly popular adventure stories Kidnapped and Treasure Island, though he also wrote the darkly complex novel Jekyll and Hyde - the archetypal tale of conflicting alter egos was inspired by the well-known story of Edinburgh figure Deacon Brodie, who was a respectable citizen by day and a thief and murderer at night.

My latest writing project - the Pax Britannia novel Anno Frankenstein - features one of Stevenson's most memorable creations, along with one of Mary Shelley's. But to find out precisely which ones and why, you'll have to pick up Anno Frankenstein when it comes out next year.

In the mean time, there's more about Edinburgh as well as famous Scots men and women in Scottish Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Scotland the Brave.

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