The poet and writer Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13th
1850. He is often referred to as RLS.
In his book of poems ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ he remembers the
summers he spent in the village of Colinton when he stayed with his
grandfather, The Rev Lewis Balfour who was the minister of Colinton
Parish Church (1824 -1860).
The Poetry Trail starts at the Long Steps on Bridge Road which lead down
to Colinton Parish Church, Dell Rd and finally the Swing Café within the
Working in teams of 3/4/5 (1 reader, 1 writer, and history hunters) take
the Poetry Trail down the Long Steps to Colinton Parish Church to
discover what life was like in Colinton, when RLS was a boy.
Look for evidence of how people lived in the 19th century, what the village
looked like then, what industry there was in those days, how the mills
worked (with no electricity), what jobs people had in those days AND
what it felt like to visit Colinton as a boy on holiday from the city in
the 19th century.