15 March 2010
Cromarty and Jemimaville to mark Jane Duncan centenary

The family of Black Isle author Jane Duncan will be joining the local community in a series of events to mark the centenary of her birth in 1910.

The celebrations will centre on Cromarty and the village of Jemimaville where Jane Duncan lived from 1958 until her death in 1976. The family’s plans include the reissue in June, by Millrace Books, of My Friends the Miss Boyds, the first of the Reachfar sequence of novels set in a fictionalised Black Isle. In addition, Millrace will be producing a commemorative booklet and the family also hope to organise a rare screening of The Camerons, a film based on one of her books for children.

Local residents and businesses will also be involved in the activities and Cromarty Courthouse Museum plans to mount an exhibition in the Spring based on the author’s representation of life on the Black Isle in the early decades of the 20th century.

Jane Duncan was born Elizabeth Jane Cameron in Renton, Dunbartonshire, in 1910, the daughter of a policeman, and grew up in the Glasgow area. But the place she regarded as her ‘real home’ was her grandparents’ croft on the Black Isle, where she spent all her holidays. It was to the Black Isle, to her father’s cottage in Jemimaville, that she returned in 1959, after her husband’s death in Jamaica. She lived in Jemimaville for the rest of her life and is buried at Kirkmichael churchyard.

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