Robert Liston (28 October 1794 – 7 December 1847) was a pioneering Scottish surgeon, and the son of the Scottish minister and inventor Henry Liston, whose father was also a Robert Liston, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Liston was noted for his skill and speed in an era prior to anaesthetics, when speed made a difference in terms of pain and survival.
J.K. ROWLING created most of HARRY POTTER in EDINBURGH. She used to wander around GREYFRIARS KIRKYARD for inspriration. Many names were taken from the kirk. Here is one. He can be found near the Herriott school gate. William McGonagall was a poet...sometimes not so good. Upon yonder hill there stands a coo I've just had a look It's no there noo! by Star Cat, via Flickr