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For over a hundred years the Gibson Craigs were powerful benefactors in our community, political players in the city and Parliament and developers of the style and plantings of their Riccarton estate. Their Big House has come and gone and so has the Gibson Craig influence but instead the Heriot Watt has spent the last fifty years here growing both student numbers and a reputation for innovation, science and technology. Our two-mile walk will explore the campus, track the lingering traces of Gibson Craig influence in its layout, trees and plants and discover some of the history of the University in its Bi-Centennial Year. It will build on the books Heriot Watt University by Patrick O’ Farrell, Our District by John Tweedie and Cyril Jones and on the Heritage, Tree and Discovery Trails at: Heritage Trail - Heriot-Watt University (hw.ac.uk)Tree Trail - Heriot-Watt University (hw.ac.uk)Discovery Trail - Heriot-Watt University (hw.ac.uk)It will be led by Liz Beevers, local historian and walks leader over many years for the City of Edinburgh, the Workers Education Association and the Pentlands Book Festival.