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John and Anna’s Nanny

This lovely photograph was sent to us by Carole Adam, a great niece of Ellen Robertson, the children’s nanny in Perth. Interestingly, in Anna’s book “Unforgettable, Unforgotten” Ellen is referred to as Ellen Robinson - or Elle Robbie as the children called her! An extract is below.
The Thirty-nine Steps - Sponsored for Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu. – January 2020 The John Buchan Story museum is delighted to have sponsored the English Book Club at the Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu. We arranged through Polygon Books (the publisher of the authorised editions of JB’s books) for 30 copies of The Thirty-nine Steps to be sent to the school at the Kopan Monastery. Here is a message from their English teacher James Waring. “I would like to thank you on behalf of the Shree Arya Asanga Buddhist Secondary Schools (SAABS), Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, for your generous sponsorship of these wonderful copies of The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. They have been joyfully received and the students are looking forward to reading them already. Please find enclosed a photo of the student monks of class 5 with the books. These books will be a great resource that will be read year after year by the students of our school. Thank you for supporting the English Reading Club initiative, which aims to engage interest and enhance reading comprehension skills.” Donations for the school at the Kopan Monastery may be made by GoFundMe at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/english-reading-club-for-buddhist-monastics?viewupdates=1&rcid=r01- 158029998167- 3e0807a06397416d&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_email%2B1137-update- supporters-v5b
This extract about nanny is from O Douglas’s (Anna) “Unforgettable, Unforgotten” "and then—Ellie Robbie, moving quietly about in the firelight, our beds neatly made down, with the nightgowns laid out. In winter we wore nightgowns of red flannel, and when we heard of the Virtuous Woman in Proverbs who clothed her household in scarlet, we felt we could picture them exactly, down to the white herring-boning on the belts and cuffs. Ellie Robbie was such a kind and comfortable nurse (her real name was Ellen Robinson, and her father was believed by us to be the original of the saying, 'Before you can say Jack Robinson'), that bed-time was no bugbear to us. In fact, the last half-hour of the day was something to look forward to, for Mother was nearly always with us, sitting on the low 'nursing' chair, with the youngest on her lap, telling of what she did when she was little. Father often looked in too, and played us a tune, for, like R. L. S., he was a great performer on the penny-whistle! Sometimes he sang to us old Scots songs of which he had an inexhaustible….”

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Famous works of fiction could have a part to play in the post-pandemic recovery of south west Scotland. Please click on the link to read the full story!
John Buchan Society Newsletter - Issue 85, July-August 2020 To read the latest news from the John Buchan Society simply click here!