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The Cruise of the Betsey with Rambles of a Geologist



Hugh Miller, born in poverty in Cromarty, Ross-shire; 1802-1856, was a self-taught stonemason, writer and geologist. In his lifetime his name was known not just in Scotland but across the English-speaking world.

This account shows the full range of his interests – the lyrical descriptions of the scenery show a deep affection for the Scottish landscape, while his role as a serious journalist is highlighted in his discussions on the Highland Clearances and the consequences of the Disruption of the Church of Scotland.

A facsimile of Hugh Miller’s notes recording his rambles around Scotland in the mid 1840s was published by NMS Publishing in 2003 – the first edition for over a century and long out of print itself. This reprint with new photographs, a new cover and minor amendments, reflects the ongoing revival of interest in the ‘supreme poet of geology’.


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By Hugh Miller

Facsimile edition with introduction and notes by Dr Michael A. Taylor

Foreword by Professor T. C. Smout

Dr Michael A. Taylor is Research Associate, Department of Natural Sciences, National Museums Scotland, and Visiting Research Fellow, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

ISBN: 9781910682364

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