Monday 23 April 2012: Fish by the Water of Leith
Ramsay Heatley Traquair studied medicine and fish anatomy at Edinburgh University. In 1873, the year he married Phoebe, he became Keeper of the Natural History Collections at the Museum of Science and Art in Edinburgh, building up a fine collection of fossil fish. He was the first Keeper, a position created by the government to keep the collections of what became the Royal Scottish Museum independent of Edinburgh University, and remained there till he retired in 1906.
Phoebe was a leading artist of of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland. While she is known for her murals it is the railings she designed in Colinton that I see most often. She designed the headstone.