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All for nothing, except experience and dirty clothes!

In RLS’s biographical essay on his father, he’ll tell how in the end, at Wick, ‘the sea proved too strong for men’s arts, and after expedients hitherto unthought of, and on a scale hyper-Cyclopean, the work must be deserted, and … Continue reading

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Pulling, hauling, and tugging for dear life

The MacDonald father and son are engineers attached to the Stevenson firm and in charge of the harbour works at Wick. Willie Traquair is one of RLS’s 50 cousins and playmate at Colinton Manse, the residence of RLS’s maternal grandfather. … Continue reading

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Are we to have no sleep at all for that drunken brute?

Still at Wick, looking after the harbour works, RLS writes to his mother. One of the books he gets is J. Aikman’s ‘Annals of the Persecution in Scotland from the Restoration to the Revolution’, 1842. He also refers to R. … Continue reading

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Bare, grey shores, grim grey houses, grim grey sea

In the summer of 1868 RLS is practising in the family firm, learning the engineering business. He goes to watch the works in progress first at Anstruther on the coast of Fife, and afterwards at Wick: the breakwater built there … Continue reading

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