Turn right into Mount Park Avenue and then left into Mount Park Road…
Continue past St Dominic’s College and follow this road until you come to a large Victorian villa on your left named Duneaves.
The English Heritage plaque marks the home of the Victorian writer Robert Michael Ballantyne born in Edinburgh in 1825. He was part of a famous family of printers and publishers.
At the age of 16 he went to Canada and was six years in the service of the Hudson's Bay Company. Returning to Scotland in 1847, his first book was published the following year, ‘Hudson's Bay: or, Life in the Wilds of North America’.
For some time he was employed by Messrs Constable, the publishers, but in 1856 he gave up business to become a full-time author, beginning the series of adventure stories for the young with which his name is always associated.
The Coral Island is his most famous book in which fifteen-year-old Ralph, mischievous young Peterkin and clever, brave Jack are shipwrecked on a coral reef with only a telescope and a broken pocketknife between them. At first the island seems a paradise, with its plentiful foods and wealth of natural wonders. But then a party of cannibals arrives, and after that a pirate ship… This story has never been out of print since it was first published in 1857.
The Coral Island
Copyright: All rights reserved