Author of Treasure Island, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, RLS was not really interested in the family business of lighthouse building. Preferring to devote his life to writing, he agreed with his father to take a law degree at Edinburgh University as a form of security, and was indeed called to the Bar in Scotland in 1875. However, he never practised.
Dead at 44, he covered many genres from horror to historical fiction to children’s books to travel writing. He was a pioneer of the idea of hiking for pleasure, indeed at least one travel company will organise a family walking holiday, including donkey.