The Wild Sports and Natural History of the High-lands


    THE appearance of a reprint of the ninth edition of “The Wild Sports of the Highlands,” first published sixty-one years ago, is sufficient proof of the permanent ment of that delectable book, but hardly a pretext for a set review of one so well and widely known. More to the point, perhaps, to recall the personality of the author, with which his many readers are less familiar than they are with his writings. A great-grandson of Lord Bolingbroke, the Tory Minister of Queen Anne and Secretary of State to the Old Pretender, Charles St. John became a clerk in the Treasury in 1828, where he proved a distinct failure. His heart was in the open air; his uncle, the second Lord Bolingbroke, lent him a lodge in Sutherland, where he had the good fortune to win the affections of Miss Ann Gibson, a Newcastle banker, whom he married in 1834. His wife not only brought him some money, but hearty sympathy in his devotion to sport and natural history.

    The Wild Sports and Natural History of the High-lands.

    By Charles St. John. Pp. xx + 314. (London: John Murray, 1907.) Price 2s. 6d. net.

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