Lydia: Wife of Hugh Miller of Cromarty (Paperback)Elizabeth Sutherland (author)
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The name and writings of Hugh Miller, born in Cromarty in 1802, have always been and still are well known. Apart from an entry in the "Dictionary of National Biography" his wife, Lydia, born in Inverness in 1812, has remained undeservedly in obscurity. Now, in this book, she is at last brought on stage. Elizabeth Sutherland tells us of Lydia's upbringing and education, and the romantic story of how she fell in love with and married a "plain working man", as Hugh described himself, with little formal education and apparently few prospects. We are taken through the tragedy of the early death in Cromarty of their first-born child to their move to Edinburgh in 1840 when Hugh was appointed editor of "The Witness" newspaper. We learn how their deep love and Lydia's active help supported Hugh through the difficult years leading up to the Disruption in the Church of Scotland in 1843, in which he played such an important part, and beyond, while she became a published, though anonymous, author herself.
Her life and that of her children after Hugh's suicide in 1856 is described, and we discover how, to the detriment of her own health, she devoted the first six years of her widowhood to editing and publishing posthumously her husband's writings, which otherwise might never have become available to the public. Elizabeth Sutherland's research has built a skilful picture of a remarkable woman, whose love and strength were a vital ingredient of Hugh's lasting reputation.
Publisher: Birlinn General
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 279 g
Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 16 mm
"Exceptionally well-researched and composed." --"The Herald"
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