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Emeritus

Wallace Stuart

in John Stuart Blackie

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780748611850
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748611850.003.0011
Emeritus

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This chapter discusses the retirement of John Stuart Blackie from his chair and his death. In March 1881 Blackie suffered a series of colds, which weakened him. The pattern of serious winter colds was repeated in January and February of the following year, with Blackie bedridden for part of the time, afflicted with temporary blindness. Young female friends read to him and wrote his letters, and by mid-March he was well enough to invite members of his Hellenic Society. For some time Blackie had been a Scottish celebrity. His character was played in pantomime at the Theatre Royal in Edinburgh by John Wilson's great-nephew. Since the influenza attack early in 1892 there had been a slowing in Blackie's activity. He had a long rest from lecturing in the first months of 1893. Blackie died on 2 March 1895 aged eighty-five years and seven months.

Keywords: John Stuart Blackie; Hellenic Society; Theatre Royal; Edinburgh; John Wilson; influenza

Chapter.  9647 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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