No 34 December 2005



Season's Greetings



No. 34 December 2005


 Channel Five viewers voted the “talking moose” episode of John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers fifth in the 50 Greatest TV Comedy Moments programme.

FRANK DUNCAN writes, “I like the new-look website (gives me the chance to read the earlier editions of the newsletter that were issued before I was "found").


If you read through the Room List on the website, you may notice the entry ‘Room 13 – Moultrie Kelsall’ but should you blink, you’ll miss it.

Room 13 was always a mythical place, situated in the first instance between Rooms 12 and 14 down the wee corridor on the right of the first floor. Then at some indeterminate point some (presumably indeterminable) people held that it was the cupboard containing a hot-water tank on the second-floor landing between the side bathroom and Room 11 (top back), opposite the doors of Rooms 7 and 8. Certainly a sticky label marked either 'Rm.13' or'Moultrie Kelsall’ appeared there from time to time.

How Moultrie Kelsall came to engage the house consciousness is uncertain. ‘Arch’ says he’s not sure he really knew then who MK was, beyond gathering he was a Scottish film actor - one of those stalwart supporting actors (often a doctor or naval officer, rather-to-very dour) of British 'B' pictures of the '50s. Frank says he has a vague recollection that there was a spate of correspondence [? in “The Scotsman”] either from Moultrie Kelsall or concerning him around 1970/71 and interest in the old buffer arose from that. He can’t remember being aware of any of his appearances in films of the time. Perhaps he was in a film that 'someone' saw. Anyway he just became a mythical member of the house sometime during 1970/71.

Which arose first, the translation of Room 13 or the interest in MK neither can remember. What is certain is that between 1950 and 1962 Moultrie Kelsall played in eleven films, including Captain Horatio Hornblower RN,The Master of Ballantrae, The Naked Truth and The Inn of Sixth Happiness, all of these being shot before Kinnessburn arrived on the scene as a male residence.

Exchange of e-mails between the Editor and PETER ‘BEAR’ MARTIN re The Three Bears Club.

Ed. - My spam-killer failed today. I had an e-mail from one Sarah Bear, who thought I might like to see her latest photos. I bet she'd be a darn sight better looking than the Three Bears I used to know!

PM - We were an extremely good-looking pack of bears, both individually and collectively, and we did such a lot of good works for all and sundry (as long as both all and sundry were members of the club)!!!

Councillor PHILIP WHEELER says, “Thanks for the latest moose droppings. I had not realised that there was another citizen of  Kinnessburn at the Medieval  History reunion. Obviously neither of us was properly clad with our ties.” The Editor acknowledges that short terylene ties were the fashion statement of a bygone age, but attempts to locate a supply of modern ties at a reasonable price have been fruitless.

St.Clair Stewart sent this snippet -

«BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | 4th September


The University of St Andrews has designed a new tartan after growing demand for a specific kilt for Holland. Dr DAVID WISHART designed a tartan for the Dutch to wear at Scottish events like the annual Dutch Whisky Festival. The tartan took five months to design and has been officially registered by the ScottishTartans Authority. It combines the colours of the Netherlands national flag - red, white and blue - with orange, representing the Royal House of Orange. The Tartan of Holland was unveiled on Saturday by the first Dutchmen to wear the new tartan.

The new kilt outfits include specially designed black fur sporrans and belts incorporating the lion rampant of the Netherlands. The first consignment of kilts and scarves produced in Galashiels has already been pre-sold in the Netherlands, with another batch being ordered. Dr Wishart said there was growing support for Holland to have its own tartan.

"About 5,000 whisky lovers attend the Dutch Whisky Festival in Leiden each November and many wear kilts for the occasion. However, there was no really suitable tartan for the whisky lovers of Holland until now. Some keen Dutch enthusiasts therefore "borrowed" a Scottish family link as an excuse to wear their tartan.

A Dutch MacKay tartan was created to honour Baron Aeneas Mackay, prime minister of the Netherlands 1888-91, the great grandfather of the present chief of the MacKays. The Netherlands, our closest neighbour on continental Europe, now has its own wholly original tartan which will surely link our two proud and historic nations more closely," Dr Wishart said.»

[Webmaster adds that you can see the tartan and read more about it at]


Your Editor is concerned that half the e-mails he sends to you lot are not answered, even when a reply is in order. Does this indicate that e-mail is less reliable than snail-mail? Or are you all busy chaps? Glad to hear from you at any time by the methods listed below -

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