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Court of Protection news – Deputy helps secure prized Stevenson collection

02nd July 2012

The collection belonged to the widow of Stevenson scholar Dr Ernest Mehew and had been amassed during his 50 years of dedicated and independent work on the author.

With more than 40 boxes of papers and around 2,000 books; including first editions, rare editions, biographies, letter collections, reference books, critical studies and copies of magazines which included Stevenson’s earliest published items, the items have been described as “unique and wonderful” by Robin Smith, Head of Collections and Interpretation at the National Library of Scotland.

The donation was initially proposed by the administrator of Dr Mehew’s estate, Nicholas Rankin, and was formalised by Maxine Barnes, solicitor to Dr Mehew’s widow, Joyce. Maxine is soon to take up official appointment as Mrs Mehew’s Court of Protection appointed deputy.

Joyce currently resides in a care home in England. Robin Smith acknowledged her generosity when he said, “We are extremely grateful for this donation and to be able to house these papers in the land of Stevenson’s birth.”



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