In September 2014, the RSGS and the Friends of Hugh Miller chartered a traditional sailing boat for a week to follow the journey of discovery taken by Hugh Miller in the summer of 1844 on the sail boat, the Betsey. The project celebrated the life and achievements of a great geologist and a remarkable observer of the social history of the time.
An inter-generational mix of geologists, geographers, artists, writers, ecologists, storytellers, theologians and historians joined the trip, to reflect Hugh Miller’s remarkable ability to think across disciplines. Geology, landscape, people and story were at the heart of the journey which began in Oban on 6th September. Public events in support of the project took place in Cromarty, Fort William and Oban, and on the islands of Eigg and Rum. Young filmmaker Fergus Cruickshank made a short film about the journey.
We are currently developing interdisciplinary teaching resources for primary and secondary schools.
For more information about the re-enactment of Hugh Miller’s 1844 voyage, please see the Cruise of the Betsey blog.