Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Death: 3rd December 1894
Cause of death: Cerebral Haemorrhage
Location: Villa Vailima, Apia, Samoa
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Scottish novelist, essayist and travel writer. His best-known books include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Born in Edinburgh into the famous family of inventors and lighthouse keepers from whom he gained his love of the sea and travel. 
He studied at Edinburgh University to prepare him for a career as an engineer, but his father allowed him to follow his interest in literature instead. He spent many years travelling in order to find a climate that was suitable for his poor health and in France in 1879 he met and fell in love with Fanny Osbourne. Osbourne had to return home to California and Stevenson followed and in 1880 they married. The couple spent the next ten years travelling and during this time Stevenson produced some of his best know work, including Treasure Island.  In 1890 he purchased land on one of the Samoan Islands and he called his estate Vailima. He died suddenly aged 44 and was buried on his estate on a cliff overlooking the sea.