Writers Court High Street Royal Mile Edinburgh
Writers Court off Warriston’s close was where you could also gain access to Mary King’s Close. Writer’s Court name came from the connections to the writers of the signet and publishers the Chambers Brothers who lived in the court. Taken from the inscription on the lintel “WC. RC” William Chambers and Robert Chambers “1851”. William Chambers founded W. & R. Chambers Publishers with his brother Robert Chambers in 1832. They were the number one publishers and worked with Walter Scott, Robert Burns among many others. The launch of the Chambers’ Edinburgh Journal in 1832 was hugely successful, grounding their position as one of Scotland’s leading printers and publishers. The statue of William Chambers stands in the street named after him outside the National Museum of Scotland in Chamber Street.
Robert Chambers lived in his later years at I Doune Terrace Stockbridge. William Chambers lived in Chester Street at the west end of Edinburgh.