The George MacDonald Collection
Influential and innovative novelist and poet George MacDonald was born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Manuscript of "At the back of the North Wind" now available
Alas! how easily things go wrong!
A sigh too deep or a kiss too long,
And then comes a mist and a weeping rain,
And life is never the same again.
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The original manuscript items from the collection will shortly be deposited at Aberdeenshire Heritage HQ, Mintlaw under the care of Aberdeenshire Heritage, where they may be consulted by appointment.
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Including David Elginbrod (1863), Annals of a quiet neighbourhood (1867) and Thomas Wingfold, Curate (1876).
Including At the back of the North Wind (1871), Ranald Bannerman's boyhood (1871) and The Princess and the Goblin (1872).
Poems and Songs
Including Within and Without (1855).
Huntly spent much of its long history under the name of Milton of Strathbogie. The name is thought to mean "valley of the bubbling stream".
The origins of Huntly probably date back to a settlement serving the original castle, the Peel of Strathbogie, a wood stockade upon an earth mound built in the 1180s.
The inhabitants of the area would then have been Gaelic-speaking Celts. The untamed countryside of birchwoods and bog was home to wild boar and wolves.
Learn more about Huntly.