James Skene and Sir Walter Scott
James Skene came from Aberdeen to Edinburgh in 1785.
He became acquainted with Sir Walter Scott while both were young advocates
studying law at Parliament House.
They shared an interest in horse
riding, galloped together on Portobello Sands in the early mornings and in
1797 they formed the Royal Edinburgh Volunteer Light Dragoons.
Scott invited Skene to
collaborate on a monthly publication - an illustrated description of
Edinburgh - to be called
Reekiana. Unfortunately this project did not proceed, following
Scott's financial disaster, though Skene did produce many of the
illustrations in watercolour [City Art Centre
Exhibition: From Castle to Palace] Are
these, perhaps the watercolours that are now in the Edinburgh City