A trip through EJO country -

Updated 15th May 2004

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Elsie Jeanette Oxenham published 87 books and numerous short stories for girls during the first half of last century. Most of them were set in England but a few were set in Wales, Scotland, Switzerland and France. Here are the places in Scotland that we have found so far. We hope you enjoy "visiting" the places you have read about so often.

The locations that appear in RED actually exist. If you would like to know exactly where each is, go to  Multi Media Mapping and enter the name. A map will usually appear on your screen.

Additions and corrections welcome at all times.
At the beginning of Selma at the Abbey we are taken on 2 trips by boat from Glasgow. Here are a views of places along the way. Most of the Scottish books are also set in this area.

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Left - Inverkip, where Selma's family lived, also featured in Secrets of Vairy. Below - view of the Firth of Clyde from Gourock

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Above - another view from Gourock

Left - Loch Long, Patch's loch from Secrets of Vairy


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Dunoon mentioned in several of the books.

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Arrochar at the head of Loch Long -
Secrets of Vairy


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Left - Knockderry Castle (Vairy),  Right - Morven and Mull separated by the Sound of Mull - Holiday Queen.


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Three views of Loch Long - Holiday Queen & Secrets of Vairy

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Three old postcard views of Rothesay
(from Holiday Queen) as Elsie would
have known it, and a modern aerial photo.

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Cloch lighthouse

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The cover of an old guidebook titled "Doon the Watter" Selma pronunciation in print.


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Two views of Loch Long and Arrochar

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