I go from nine to ten to Lang’s mathematics in George Street. Then I go to the Sciennes where I learn practical mechanics. Picture ‘yoors trooly’ in apron and shirt sleeves planing, sawing and hammering at a deadbox! From one to half past three I go to Roland, who by the by retains a recollection of you: from 3:30 to five, to classics. In the evening, German and General preparation

(RLS describes his school day in a letter to his cousin Bob Stevenson, 26 November 1866. From The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, ed. by Bradford A. Booth and Ernest Mehew, vol i [New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995], p.113)


The Schools section of the RLS Website offers resources for school children and teachers who are focusing on Stevenson. The section includes school activity packs provided by the City of Literature, Penguin books (Signet Classics) and the ASLS (the Association for Scottish Literary Studies), as well as an article on the tartans of Kidnapped by Willie Scobie. This article was reproduced from the Scottish Tartans Authority monthly newsletter, the Tartan Herald. You will also find a recommended reading list for young scholars of RLS.

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