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Caricature of author Samuel Rutherford Crockett from the Aug. 5, 1897, issue of Vanity Fair

Samuel Rutherford Crockett (24 September 1860 – 16 April 1914) was a Scottish novelist, born at Duchrae, Galloway, the son of a farmer.

He was raised on a Galloway farm, and graduated from Edinburgh University during 1879. After some years of travel he became in 1886 minister of Penicuik. During that year he produced his first publication, Dulce Cor, a collection of verse.

He eventually abandoned the Free Church ministry for novel-writing.

The success of J.M. Barrie and the Kailyard school of sentimental, homey writing had created a demand for stories in Lowland Scots when Mr Crockett published his successful story of The Stickit Minister during 1893. It was followed by a rapidly produced series of popular novels frequently featuring the history of Scotland or his native Galloway.

Samuel Rutherford Crockett

Such are:

  • The Raiders, The Lilac Sun-bonnet and Mad Sir Uchtred (1894)
  • The Men of the Moss Hags (1895)
  • Sweetheart Travellers (1895)
  • Cleg Kelly and The Grey Man (1896)
  • The Surprising Adventures of Sir Toady Lion (1897)
  • The Red Axe (1898)
  • The Black Douglas (1899)
  • Kit Kennedy (1899)
  • Joan of the Sword Hand and Little Anna Mark in 1900
  • Flower o' the Corn (1902)
  • Red Cap Tales (1904)
  • Silver Sand (1914)

During 1900 Crockett wrote a booklet published by the London camera manufacturer, Newman & Guardia, comparing cameras favorably to pen and pencil and explaining how he encountered the N and G advertisement.[1]

Notes

  1. ^ British Journal of Photography, 20 July 1900, p. 450.

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From LoveToKnow 1911

SAMUEL RUTHERFORD CROCKETT (1860-), Scottish novelist, was born at Duchrae, Galloway, on the 24th of September 1860, the son of a Galloway farmer. He was brought up on a Galloway farm, and graduated from Edinburgh University in 1879. After some years of travel he became in 1886 minister of Penicuik, but eventually abandoned the Free Church ministry for novel-writing. The success of Mr J. M. Barrie had created a demand for stories in the Scottish dialect when Mr Crockett published his successful story of The Stickit Minister in 1893. It was followed by a rapidly produced series of popular novels dealing often with the past history of Scotland, or with his native Galloway. Such are The Raiders, The Lilac Sun-bonnet and Mad Sir Uchtred in 1894; The Men of the Moss Hags in 1895; Cleg Kell y and The Grey Man in 1896; The Surprising Adventures of Sir Toady Lion (1897); The Red Axe (1898); Kit` Kennedy (1899); Joan of the Sword Hand and Little Anna Mark in 190o; Flower o' the Corn (1902); Red Cap Tales (1904), &c.


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