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On 15 March 1913, John Muir’s ‘The Story of My Boyhood and Youth’ was published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York.  It has constantly been available in the 100 years since. It tells of his early years in Dunbar and then, from ages 11 to 22, of growing up in the wonderful Wisconsin countryside.  His love of nature, awakened in East Lothian, was nurtured in Marquette County and inspired him to change the world’s view of wild places

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I can’t conceive of anything that would now enable me to concentrate my attention more fully than when I was a mere stripling boy, and it was all done by whipping, – thrashing in general.  Old-fashioned Scotch teachers spent no time in seeking short roads to knowledge, or in trying any of the new-fangled psychological methods so much in vogue nowadays.  There was nothing said about making the seats easy or the lessons easy.  We were simply driven pointblank against our books like soldiers against the enemy, and sternly ordered, “Up and at ‘em.  Commit your lessons to memory!”  If we failed in any part, however slight, we were whipped; for the grand, simple, all-sufficing Scotch discovery had been made that there was a close connection between the skin and the memory, and that irritating the skin excited the memory to any required degree.

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On 15 March 1913, John Muir’s ‘The Story of My Boyhood and Youth’ was published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York.  It has constantly been available in the 100 years since. It tells of his early years in Dunbar and then, from ages 11 to 22, of growing up in the wonderful Wisconsin countryside.  His love of nature, awakened in East Lothian, was nurtured in Marquette County and inspired him to change the world’s view of wild places

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In addition to all this, father made me learn so many Bible verses every day that by the time I was eleven years of age I had about three fourths of the Old Testament and all of the New by heart and by sore flesh.  I could recite the New Testament from the beginning of Matthew to the end of Revelation without a single stop.  The dangers of cramming and of making scholars study at home instead of letting their little brains rest were never heard of in those days.

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On 15 March 1913, John Muir’s ‘The Story of My Boyhood and Youth’ was published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York.  It has constantly been available in the 100 years since. It tells of his early years in Dunbar and then, from ages 11 to 22, of growing up in the wonderful Wisconsin countryside.  His love of nature, awakened in East Lothian, was nurtured in Marquette County and inspired him to change the world’s view of wild places.

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We had to get three lessons every day in Latin, three in French, and as many in English, besides spelling, history, arithmetic, and geography.  Word lessons in particular,
the wouldst-couldst-shouldst-have-loved kind, were kept up, with much warlike
thrashing, until I had committed the whole of the French, Latin, and English
grammars to memory, and in connection with reading-lessons we were called on to
recite parts of them with the rules over and over again, as if all the regular
and irregular incomprehensible verb stuff was poetry

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On 15 March 1913, John Muir’s ‘The Story of My Boyhood and Youth’ was published by
Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York. It has constantly been available in the 100 years since. It tells of his early years in Dunbar and then, from ages 11 to 22, of growing up in the
wonderful Wisconsin countryside.  His love of nature, awakened in East Lothian, was nurtured in Marquette County and inspired him to change the world’s view of wild places

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An exciting time came when at the age of seven or eight years I left the auld Davel Brae school for the grammar school.  Of course I had a terrible lot of fighting to do, because a new scholar had to meet every one of his age who dared to challenge him, this being the common introduction to a new school.  It was very strenuous for the first month or so, establishing my fighting rank, taking up new studies, especially Latin and French, getting acquainted with new classmates and the master and his rules.

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On 15 March 1913, John Muir’s ‘The Story of My Boyhood and Youth’ was published by
Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York. It has constantly been available in the 100 years since. It tells of his early years in Dunbar and then, from ages 11 to 22, of growing up in the
wonderful Wisconsin countryside.  His love of nature, awakened in East Lothian, was nurtured in Marquette County andinspired him to change the world’s view of wild places

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After attaining the manly, belligerent age of five or fix years, very few of my schooldays passed without a fistfight, and half a dozen was no uncommon number.  When any classmate of our own age questioned our rank and standing as fighters, we always made haste to settle the matter at a quiet place on the Davel Brae.  To be a ‘gude fechter’[1] was our highest ambition, our dearest aim in life in or out of school.  To be a good scholar was a secondary consideration, though we tried hard to hold high places in our classes and gloried in being Dux.



 

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On 15 March 1913, John Muir’s ‘The Story of My Boyhood and Youth’ was published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York.  It has constantly been available in the 100 years since. It tells of his early years in Dunbar and then, from ages 11 to 22, of growing up in the wonderful Wisconsin countryside.  His love of nature, awakened in East Lothian, was nurtured in Marquette County and inspired him to change the world’s view of wild places.

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One of our best playgrounds was the famous old Dunbar Castle, to which King Edward fled after has defeat at Bannockburn.  It was built more than a thousand years ago,and though we knew little of its history, we had heard many mysterious stories of the battles fought about its walls, and firmly believed that every bone we found in the ruins belonged to an ancient warrior.  We tried to see who could climb highest on the crumbling peaks and crags, and took chances that no cautious mountaineer would try.  That I did not fall and finish my rock-scrambling in those adventurous boyhood days seems now a reasonable wonder

Victoria Harbour, Dunbar

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On 15 March 1913, John Muir’s ‘The Story of My Boyhood and Youth’ was published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York.  It has constantly been available in the 100 years since. It tells of his early years in Dunbar and then, from ages 11 to 22, of growing up in the wonderful Wisconsin countryside.  His love of nature, awakened in East Lothian, was nurtured in Marquette County and inspired him to change the world’s view of wild places.

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At this time infants were baptized and vaccinated a few days after birth.  I remember very
well a fight with the doctor when my brother David was vaccinated.  This happened, I think, before I was sent to school.  I couldn’t imagine what the doctor, a tall, severe-looking man in black, was doing to my brother, but as mother, who was holding him in her arms, offered no objection, I looked on quietly while he scratched the arm until I saw blood.  Then, unable to trust even my mother, I managed to spring up high enough to grab and bite the doctor’s arm, yelling that I wasna gan to let him hurt my bonnie brither, while to my utter astonishment mother and the doctor only laughed at me.
So far from complete at times is sympathy between parents and children, and so much like wild beasts are baby boys, little fighting, biting, climbing pagans.

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On
15 March 1913, John Muir’s ‘The Story of My Boyhood and Youth’ was published by
Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York.
It has constantly been available in the 100 years since. It tells of his
early years in Dunbar and then, from ages 11 to 22, of growing up in the
wonderful Wisconsin countryside.  His
love of nature, awakened in East Lothian, was nurtured in Marquette County and
inspired him to change the world’s view of wild places

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With my school lessons father made me learn hymns and Bible verses.  For learning ‘Rock of Ages’ he gave me a penny, and I thus became suddenly rich.  Scotch boys are seldom spoiled with money.  We thought more of a penny those economical days than the poorest American schoolboy thinks of a dollar.  To decide what to do with that first penny was an extravagantly serious affair.

 

 

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On 15 March 1913, John Muir’s ‘The Story of My Boyhood and Youth’ was published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York.  It has constantly been available in the 100 years since. It tells of his early years in Dunbar and then, from ages 11 to 22, of growing up in the wonderful Wisconsin countryside.  His love of nature, awakened in East Lothian, was nurtured in Marquette County and inspired him to change the world’s view of wild places

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With red-blooded playmates, wild as myself, I loved to wander in the fields to hear the birds sing, and along the seashore to gaze and wonder at the shells and seaweeds, eels and crabs in the pools among the rocks when the tide was low; and best of all to watch the waves in awful storms thundering on the black headlands and craggy ruins of the old Dunbar Castle when the sea and the sky, the waves and the clouds, were mingled together as one.JM2

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On 15 March 1913, John Muir’s ‘The Story of My Boyhood and Youth’ was published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York.  It has constantly been available in the 100 years since. It tells of his early years in Dunbar and then, from ages 11 to 22, of growing up in the wonderful Wisconsin countryside.  His love of nature, awakened in East Lothian, was nurtured in Marquette County and inspired him to change the world’s view of wild places.

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1.  When I was a boy in Scotland I was fond of everything that was wild, and all my life I’ve been growing fonder and fonder of wild places and wild creatures.  Fortunately around my native town of Dunbar, by the stormy North Sea, there was no lack of wildness, though most of the land lay in smooth cultivation.

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