Rooted firmly in Scotland’s ancient soil from earliest times, bearers of the Stevenson name and its variations were witnesses to some of the key events in the nation’s long and frequently turbulent history.
A number of highly talented dynasties of the name dominated the very different realms of engineering, literature and politics, while their descendants flourish throughout the world to this day.
This is not least through a truly remarkable family of pioneering Scottish civil engineers, lighthouse designers and literary figures, the most famous of the latter being Robert Louis Stevenson, born in Edinburgh in 1850 and whose great body of work includes Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Kidnapped.
On the silver screen, Robert Stevenson was the English film director and screenwriter whose nineteen films for Walt Disney include the musical Mary Poppins, That Darn Cat! And Herbie Rides Again.
Read here the colourful and inspiring tale of the Stevensons.