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Hugh Miller (1802–1856)

Photo credit: Highland Council

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Hugh Miller was born in Cromarty and initially worked as a stonemason. Miller was fascinated by natural history and made his first major discoveries in the fossil fish beds at Eathie.

Miller was a also prolific writer. One of his many books, 'The Old Red Sandstone', with descriptions of the fish he had collected at Cromarty and Eathie, became a world best-seller. Few books have done more to popularise the science of geology.

Hugh Miller moved to Edinburgh in 1839, this portrait was probably painted around the time of the 'Great Disruption' (18th May 1843).

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (High Life Highland)



oil on board


H 47 x W 38.5 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Mrs A. Stewart

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Hugh Paton Printer, print and bookseller, carver & gilder to the Queen, Princes Street


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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (High Life Highland)

Castle Wynd, Inverness, Highland IV2 3EB Scotland

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