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Commemorative Stone

At the instigation of the Boswell Trust, the author’s native city, Edinburgh, added his name to those of the Scottish literary luminaries honoured with a commemorative stone in Makars’ Court, the paved area outside the Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s Close, described as “Edinburgh’s answer to Poets’ Corner” in Westminster Abbey. The stone, sponsored by the Boswell Trust was unveiled on October 29 (Boswell’s birthday), 2011, in a ceremony presided over by Margaret Boswell Eliott (a direct descendant of Boswell, and chief of the Clan Eliott).

The unveiling was performed by the artist, playwright, and screenwriter John Byrne, whose Boswell and Johnson’s Tour of the Western Isles (an adaptation of Boswell’s journal of his travels through the Highlands and Hebrides with Samuel Johnson) was first aired on British television in October 1993, with Johnson played by Robbie Coltrane, and with Boswell played by John Sessions.

The inscription is taken from Boswell’s London Journal, which describes his departure from Edinburgh for London in 1762: “I rattled down the high street in high elevation of spirits’.