"the city of Hume and Boswell"
David Hume (1766)
Public DomainDavid Hume (1766) - Credit: Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)

 David Hume (1711-1776) was an Edinburgh-born philosopher, historian, essayist and economist.

James Boswell (1740-1795), the 9th Laird of Auchinleck, was also born in Edinburgh. He was a lawyer and diarist who is mainly remembered for his 1791 biography of Dr Johnson (the famous author and lexicographer) entitled The Life of Samuel Johnson. 

Engraving of James Boswell
Public DomainEngraving of James Boswell - Credit: S.Freeman