President Alastair Morrice welcomed members to Kirriemuir Probus Club’s first meeting of the new session, and introduced Eric Yeaman, whose subject was ‘Sir Walter Scott’.
His informative presentation was ably delivered by Steve Douglas, acting in the persona of Scott himseldf, the narrative interspersed with readings from Scott’s poetry and novels.
Scott’s childhood in Edinburgh, boyhood influences in the Scottish Borders, education, legal and literary careers were covered. He was one of the first writers to have international sales and this made his fortune.
His later life was overshadowed by financial problems resulting from borrowing money to develop Abbotsford, his Borders estate, together with the collapse of a publishing company in which he had a major interest. This forced him to continue writing throughout his final years. His friendship with the Prince Regent, his part in recovery of the Scottish Crown Jewels, and his role in the popularisation of highland dress were also discussed.
Alastair Morrice gave a vote of thanks for an entertaining experience.
The next meeting of Kirriemuir Probus Club will be on September 17.