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. The reprint here
has new photographs, minor amendments, a new cover and ISBN.
This latest reprint reflects the ongoing revival of interest in the
‘David Attenborough of his day’.
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.
His luminous and reader-friendly writings on his fossil studies earned him
the title of ‘the supreme poet of geology’.
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
many crucial issues.