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Beside The Bonnie Brier Bush
by Ian Maclaren
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1895. Ian Maclaren is the pen name of Dr. John Watson, a popular preacher and able minister. He published a number of religious works under his own name, but as Ian Maclaren he was known as a leading member of the Kailyard School of Scottish fiction which came into being towards the end of the nineteenth century. Maclaren's first work in this genre, is this volume, Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush. Contents: Domsie; A Highland Mystic; His Mother's Sermon; The Transformation of Lachlan Campbell; The Cunning Speech of Drumtochty; A Wise Woman; A Doctor of the Old School. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
The Revolution reached our parish years ago, and Drumtochty has a School Board, with a chairman and a clerk, besides a treasurer and an officer. Young Hillocks, who had two years in a lawyer's office, is clerk, and summons meetings by post, although he sees every member at the market or the kirk. Minutes are read with much solemnity, and motions to expend ten shillings upon a coal-cellar door passed, on the motion of Hillocks, seconded by Drumsheugh, who are both severely prompted for the occasion, and move uneasily before speaking.
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