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"The Making of Treasure Island" - an illustrated talk by Ian Nimmo, on "Treasure Island".
Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" has never been out of print since it first appeared as "The Sea Cook", by "Captain George North", in 1881.
Former SAC Vice-President and Chairman of the Robert Louis Stevenson Club, Ian Nimmo, will trace the dramatic events that led to Stevenson first picking up his paintbrush, then pen and paper, and, with the rain drumming on the windows of the "late Mrs MacGregor's cottage", in Braemar, began to scribble at speed.
In the previous two years he
had been estranged from his
family, cut off without a penny by his
father, encountered near death in the Californian outback, and married controversially.
New Appin murder investigation reveals Jacobites plotted to kill Colin Campbell - [Sunday Herald]
Ian Nimmo, journalist and chairman of the Robert Louis Stevenson Club, has spent 40 years working on the book, Walking With Murder: On The Kidnapped Trail, published this month by Birlinn.With the help of retired detective inspector Les Liney, Nimmo applied modern analysis techniques to two ancient postmortem reports from the National Library of Scotland and the murder scene in the Wood of Lettermore.
has been determined to get to the heart of the matter since spending his
schooldays in the area. ,I was intrigued by the last great Scottish mystery, a murder for which an innocent man was hanged in the blackest mark of Scottish legal history,, he
Talking to descendants of the Mackenzie family, Nimmo
discovered that at the time of the shot, the servant had left his
master,s side to pick up a coat dropped by the sherriff,s officer.
said about 20 Scots have had first-hand accounts of the truth of the matter.According to his
research, the secret has been handed down through the Stewart family for 250 years, and he
believes several living people have been told the murderer,s name.Nimmo
believes the balance of evidence suggests that Breck didn,t pull the trigger, but his book, which retraces the journey of Stevenson,s heroes David Balfour and Alan Breck across Scotland, does not reveal who did. ,They have held this secret for 250 years, and so I believe that it is not mine to give away.,
...Dr James Hunter, author of Culloden And The Last Clansman and director of the University of the Highlands and Islands,s centre for history, said: ,This was indisputedly an act of political terrorism that brought tremendous reprisals, but neither I nor Ian Nimmo can be absolutely certain of who did it.
Ian Nimmo was a newspaper editor for 21 years before his retirement.
spent a lifetime in journalism serving eight newspapers, three of them as editor.
In Edinburgh, he was editor of the Evening News for twelve years and the former editor of the old Weekly Scotsman.
He also worked for a time in television with the BBC Tonight programme and is the author of several books, many scripts, including a Scottish musical performed in the Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, during the 1997 international festival.
A former officer in the Royal Scots Fusiliers, he
now acts as a publishing consultant at home and abroad.
lives on a Borders hill farm at Lamancha and is married with three grown-up children.
He is Chairman of the Robert Louis Stevenson Club.
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Staff shortages leave Stevenson a closed book for museum visitors - Scotsman.com Heritage & Culture
Ian Nimmo, the chairman of the Robert Louis Stevenson Club, said it gifted the collection to the city in 1964 in order that more people could appreciate it.
"One of the main conditions that the RLS Club agreed with the city when it handed over its collection for safe keeping was that it would be on public view," he said.
Scotsman.com Heritage & Culture - News - Staff shortages leave Stevenson a closed book for museum visitors
Ian Nimmo, the chairman of the Robert Louis Stevenson Club, said it gifted the collection to the city in 1964 in order that more people could appreciate it."One of the main conditions that the RLS Club agreed with the city when it handed over its collection for safe keeping was that it would be on public view," he said.