The History of Leith

January 11, 2012

The residence of David Hume

The first fixed residence of David Hume was in Riddell’s Land, Lawnmarket, near the head of the West Bow. From thence he removed to Jack’s Land, in the Canongate, where nearly the whole of his ” History of England ” was written ; and it is somewhat singular that Dr. Smollett, the continuator of that work, lived some time after in his sister’s house, exactly opposite. The great historian and
philosopher dwelt but a short time in James’s Court, when he went to France as Secretary to the Embassy.

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