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Hugh Miller, Scottish geologist and palaeontologist. Born 1802 died 1856. Photographic frontispiece of author appearing in a posthumous edition of Miller's "My Schools and Schoolmasters". Miller was a strong-willed and hard working stonemason who went on to become an accomplished self-trained geologist/author. He is particularly associated with the mainly Devonian 'old red sandstone' of Scotland. His suicide while preparing to publish his final book, "Testament of the Rocks" diminished his reputation and some say damaged geology as a victorian hobby. Often cited as a fevered result of a conflict between science and religion - his brief suicide note seems to suggest he was scared of injuring his family during delusions (psychosis).
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