The History of Leith

November 17, 2006

RLS and Leith

Robert Louis Stevenson’s full name was Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (while in his twenties he dropped the Balfour name) and while in his twenties he visited South Leith Church to find his ancestors graves he passed a grave to a John Pew. This named he used for Blind Pew in “Treasure Island”. His knowledge of pirates is based on the true recollections of Leith Pirates of long ago and how they use to attack the Portuguese and Dutch.

Above is a photograph of Robert Louis Stevenson as a young man in his 20’s dressing up for the camera.

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