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Nan Shepherd and Jessie Kesson: an uncommon friendship

Nan Shepherd and Jessie Kesson: an uncommon friendship

‘For, through myrrh’s smell, past wud’s tremendous green, my frien’ just followed me, the hale wye back’ To Nan Shepherd by Jessie Kesson, 1945, North-East Review Jessie Kesson and Nan Shepherd: it was an unlikely friendship. It began by chance and lasted, despite differences in class, age and education, for over forty years, until Shepherd’s death in …

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Nan Shepherd: what shall be your badge?

Nan Shepherd: what shall be your badge?

‘What shall be your badge in the ever-living Wood of Caledon?’ asks Cuthbert Graham in the poem he wrote Nan Shepherd for her 86th birthday. The Scots Pine? Symbol of the untameable mountain? But there is more to Nan Shepherd than her hill book…