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This memoir is of the schooldays of 1 of the main amazing minds Scotland has produced, Hugh Miller. Miller rose, if now not from absolute poverty, definitely from a modest heritage, to turn into either a expert within the box of geology and a generalist within the wider literary global, protecting, as author and editor, topics as assorted as poetry, folklore, technological know-how, schooling, faith, background and shuttle. In his operating existence he used to be a stonemason, banking accountant, journalist, editor, lecturer and defender of Christianity opposed to the evolutionists. by the point of his tragic suicide in 1856, Miller's prodigious output had made him top-of-the-line identified of Victorian literary figures, trendy by way of Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens and John Ruskin. by means of the latter a part of the nineteenth century, his recognition prolonged the world over - his books have been commonly translated, and in the USA, in line with the geologist Sir Archibald Geikie, "They have been to be present in the remotest log huts of the a ways west." In 1879, the nice environmentalist John Muir named one of many glaciers of Glacier Bay, Alaska, after the Cromarty stonemason.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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About the time of the Revolution, however, he was laid hold of by strong religious convictions, heralded, say the traditions of the district, by events that approximated in character to the supernatural; and Donald became the subject of a mighty change. There is a phase of the religious character, which in the south of Scotland belongs to the first two ages of Presbytery, but which disappeared ere its third establishment under William of Nassau, that we find strikingly exemplified in the Welches, Pedens, and Cargills of the times of the persecution, and in which a sort of wild machinery of the supernatural was added to the commoner aspects of a living Christianity.

And shortly after, the poor Friendship took the ground right on the edge of the quicksands, for she would neither stay nor wear; and as she beat hard against the bottom, the surf came rolling over half-mast CHAPTER I. 35 high. "Just as we struck," continued Jack, "the master made a desperate effort to get into the cabin. The vessel couldn't miss, we saw, to break up and fill; and though there was little hope of any of us ever setting foot ashore, he wished to give the poor woman below a chance with the rest.

Of the works of fact and incident which it contained, those of the voyagers were my especial favourites. I perused with avidity the voyages of Anson, Drake, Raleigh, Dampier, and Captain Woods Rogers; and my mind became so filled with conceptions of what was to be seen and done in foreign parts, that I wished myself big enough to be a sailor, that I might go and see coral islands and burning mountains, and hunt wild beasts and fight battles. I have already made mention of my two maternal uncles; and referred, at least incidentally, to their mother, as the friend and relative of my fathers aged cousin, and, like her, a great-grand-child of the last curate of Nigg.

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