Scottish author Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on the 13th day of November in the year 1850. He was the only child of Margaret Isabella Balfour and Thomas Stevenson. His father was a well-known lighthouse engineer, which was the family business for several generations. His mother descended from gentry and could trace her lineage back to a man named Alexander Balfour, who in the fifteenth century held the lands of Inchrye in Fife.
As a boy, young Robert spent most of his holidays in his maternal grandfather’s house in nearby Colinton. His grandfather, Lewis Balfour, was a minister in the Church of Scotland. Stevenson once wrote “Now I often wonder what I inherited from this old minister. I must suppose, indeed, that he was fond of preaching sermons, and so am I, though I never heard it maintained that either of us love to hear them.”