Notable Resident, Evelyn Simpson
Evelyn Simpson (15 December 1855 - 23 January 1920)
Evelyn Blantyre Simpson was born in Edinburgh but spent a lot of time in Coldingham, at Bonardub which is still owned today by the Simpson family.
She was actually christened Eve and was the daughter of Sir James Y Simpson who popularised the use of chloroform as an anaesthetic. She was a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson of whom she wrote two biographies, as well as a biography of her father.
Her other published writings included a notable book on the folklore of Scotland. Evelyn Blantyre Simpson died in Edinburgh in 1920 of liver cancer and there is a memorial plaque on the inside of the Priory, commemorating her life "and the happy days she spent in this parish".