Did you know?

James Hutton, Joseph Black and Adam Smith founded the Oyster Club, a weekly meeting of Edinburgh intellectuals. James Watt and Benjamin Franklin were among the club's visitors.

James Hutton (1726-1797)

Places to visit

Locations and visitor attractions associated with James Hutton:


  • Siccar Point:
    Coastal location where Hutton observed the unconformity of rocks.


  • Hutton Memorial Garden:
    Located on the site on St John's Hill, where Hutton lived in the 1770s.
  • Salisbury Crags:
    Famous Edinburgh landmark where Hutton observed rock formations.
  • Our Dynamic Earth:
    Scientific visitor attraction, situated close to where Hutton studied rocks on Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags.

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Portrait of James Hutton