A selection of books by the influential and innovative Huntly author, George MacDonald, have been donated to the Local Studies by Mrs Sheila Millar who resides in Cape Town, South Africa. Mrs Millar's sister Christine Findlay, brought them all the way back to Scotland and presented them to the department on Friday 29th March
The books originally belonged to Jean MacNairn Millar, paternal grandmother of Sheila's husband, the late Professor Clive Millar. Jean's father, John MacNairn, was a contemporary of George MacDonald, and a widely read man. He introduced his daughter Jean to his works. They became a source of inspiration and lifelong study for her. In 1912 she and her husband John Millar emigrated to Cape Town from Edinburgh. Over the years Jean Millar collected a number of George MacDonald’s books and these passed to Clive to add to his and Sheila's collection.
George MacDonald/Huntly connection is strong as Clive taught at The Gordon Schools, Huntly in 1960s and knew the couple who lived in the house where George MacDonald was born. They named their first child, Irene, after the princess in George MacDonald’s ‘The Princess and the Goblin’.
The Local Studies Department is delighted to have received these books which will be added to their collection of George MacDonald titles. A number of George MacDonald's original manuscripts have been digitised and can be seen online