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Lady Stairs Close (was Baxter’s Close): Home of Robert Burns for a short period.

6a Nicolson Street (Formerly Nicolson’s): This is where J.K.Rowling wrote parts of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Rutherford’s Howff, Drummond Street: This is a former drinking den patronised by Robert Louis Stevenson.

2 Wellington Place, Leith: Former home of Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting.

Sciennes Hill House, Sciennes House Place: Meeting place of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns.

Riddles Court (was Land) 322 High Street: First permanent home of philosopher, David Hume.

Scotland Street: Setting for Alexander McCall Smith’s novel, 44 Scotland Street.

31 Drummond Place: Home of Compton Mackenzie who wrote ‘Whisky Galore’.

Arden Street, Marchmont: Former home of Ian Rankin, author of Inspector Rebus.

St. Stephen Street, Stockbridge: Former home of novelist, Joan Lingard.

Boyd’s Inn (now Entry), Canongate: Arrival point of Dr. Johnson 1773.

Canongate Kirkyard: Contains graves of Adam Smith (economist), Robert Ferguson (poet) and Agnes McLehose ( known to Robert Burns).

5 The Abbotsford, 3 Rose Street:Meeting place of poet Hugh MacDiarmid and associates during 1950s and early 1960s.

Craiglockhart: Former war hospital where Siegfried Sassoon met Wilfred Owen (poets).

St. Peter’s Church, 77 Falcon Avenue, Morningside: Oscar Wilde used Father John Gray as a role model for the character Dorian Gray.

160 Bruntsfield Place: Birthplace of novelist Muriel Spark.

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Official 2005 statistics reveal that that food and drink is the most important export category with whisky accounting for about 86pct of that sector thus emphasising the importance of the ‘water of life’ to Scotland’s economy.

Out of the total GBP18.6M ($ 36bn) of exports, food and drink accounted for GBP3.6BN with otther sectors contibuting as follows: Chemicals GBP1.8bn; Office Machinery GBP1.7bn; Business services GBP1.6bn; and media equipment GBP1.3bn.

Exports in 2005 were up GBP900M on 2004. The U.S.A. was the most important single country destination accounting for GBP2.1bn ($4.0bn) of the total.

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An image of the famous Dupplin Cross can be found in the catswhiskerstours photo gallery.

The cross dates to about AD 820 and up until the 1990s is sat on a hill at nearby Forteviot. Thereafter it was sent to Edinburgh for a short period before being “repatriated” to Dunning. Condition is incredibly good considering it’s exposure to the elements for nearly 1200 years.

Original plan was to house the cross permanently in Edinburgh but the authorities responded to a campaign by local people and the cross was returned to Dunning in 1992. It now occupies pride of place in Dunning Church which itself is now a museum under the control of Historic Scotland. There is a guide on hand during the tourist season to explain the Cross to visitors.

The Cross is made form sandstone from the Galloway region of Scotland.

Side View 1

Top section represents a serpent devouring its own tail.

Mid section shows King David

Bottom section depicts a Pictish knot (no beginning and no end).

Note that carvings of people with large heads indicates high status.

Side View 2

Top section represents hunting dogs.

Mid section depicts two generals.

Front View

At the top there are vines which evoke the Eucharist.

The round boss at the centre may indicate either the sun or a loaf of bread.

Below the arm is a representation of King Constantine. Below him are figures with smaller heads which indicates persons of lesser importance.

At the foot are hunting dogs.

Rear

Blank section at the rear has been subject to infra-red investigation and found to contain Latin script with references to Constantine, son of Fergus.