Hugh Miller

Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892-1921) 2:877-78.

HUGH MILLER (son of Hugh Miller, lost in his trading-sloop in the Moray firth 9 Nov. 1807). b. Cromarty 10 Oct. 1802; apprenticed to a stonemason 1819-22; a journeyman mason in different parts of Scotland 1822-34; accountant in branch of Commercial bank at Cromarty, Dec. 1834 to Jany. 1840; edited The Witness, an Edinburgh bi-weekly paper, organ of the non-instrusionists Jany. 1840 to death; his part in the free church movement 1839 to 1843 was only second to that of Chalmers; author of Poems written in the leisure hours of a journeyman mason 1829; The old red sandstone or new walks in an old field 1841, 2 ed. 1842; First impressions of England and its people 1847, 3 ed. 1861; Footprints of the creator, or the Asterolepis of Stromness 1849, 2 ed. 1861; The testimony of the rocks 1857; The cruise of the Betsey 1858; shot himself at Portobello near Edinburgh 23 Dec. 1856. bur. in the Grange cemetery, bust by Wm. Brodie in national portrait gallery, Edinburgh. P. Bayne's Life and letters of Hugh Miller (1871), 2 portraits; H. Miller's My schools and schoolmasters (1852); H. Miller's Footprints of the creator (1861), memoir by L. Agassiz pp. iii-xxxvii; Wylie's Disruption Worthies (1881) 405-12, portrait.