The influential Edinburgh bookseller William Creech published the first Edinburgh edition of Robert Burns’s poems. Although Burns called Creech “my friend, my patron”, he had to remind his publisher to pay him while he patiently waited in Edinburgh. Creech published Sir John Sinclair’s ‘Statistical Account of Scotland’, a detailed parish-by-parish survey of the nation. He also published his own work, such as his musings on Deacon Brodie’s trial and execution, printed just days after he had served on the famous burglar’s jury. He was also a co-founder of Edinburgh’s Speculative Society, a debating club whose members included various great figures such as Sir Walter Scott and Francis Horner. The club still continues.