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Evelyn Duguid (1892-1961), who played the title role


of Mairi in the film, also featured in the 1915 stage production of Rob Roy, playing Diana Vernon. In 1920 she married a Canadian barrister, Winfred Withrow and emigrated to Nova Scotia. She is remembered as a vital, enthusiastic woman, with a passion for all things Scottish, and described as “the spirit and life of the Celtic Society,” encouraging people to learn Scottish dances and songs. She also stayed involved with local amateur dramatics. Paterson later made two short films of Scottish


scenery on behalf of the old Highland Railway Company, taken from the footplate of one of their railway engines. Unfortunately, he made no further films because he was not that impressed by the new moving picture technique. When interviewed for the Glasgow Herald in June


1983, his son Hector Paterson said: “The story of Mairi was written by my father and my mother in 1912 and filmed on the rocks and shore of North Kessock, on the Moray Firth. My father bought a cine camera from Gaumont Graphic, and after a short period he decided he was wasting his time going out and doing cine work, and he asked the Gaumont Graphic people to take the camera back, which they did with regret, but my father insisted that portrait photography for him was much more important.”


Leading man Tom Snowie in later years. He never mentioned his involvement in the making of the film.


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