S. R. Crockett

Samuel Rutherford Crockett (* September 24, 1859 or 1860 in Little Duchrae, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, † April 16, 1914 in France) was a Scottish writer.


After school he studied at the University of Edinburgh and the New College in Edinburgh and subsequently worked as a journalist and tutor. Later he became a minister of the Free Church of Scotland and wrote as such sarcastic sketches, of which he published 24 in the Stickit The Minister (1893 ) collection, which brought him fame.

1894 took place in quick time sequence the release of The Raiders, The Lilac Sunbonnet ( a seemingly innocent love story that mocked some religious sects ) and two novellas. Due to the success he had in 1895 his work as chaplain to order then to devote himself entirely to writing. In the following years he wrote stories about the Covenanters and the medieval Scotland, European medieval romances, and ( often spectacular ) stories about mining, industrialization and the slums of Edinburgh.

His posthumous works included a book of detective stories and a faith-based science- fiction novel. His other publications include:

  • The Men of the Moss Hags (1895 )
  • Sweetheart Travellers (1895 )
  • Cleg Kelly and The Grey Man (1896 )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Sir Toady Lion ( 1897)
  • The Red Axe (1898 )
  • The Black Douglas ( 1899)
  • Kit Kennedy ( 1899)
  • Joan of the Sword Hand (1900)
  • Little Anna Mark (1900)
  • Flower o 'the Corn (1902 )
  • Red Cap Tales ( 1904)
  • Silver Sand (1914 )

Background literature

  • IM Donaldson: Life and Work of Samuel Rutherford Crockett, 1989

External links and sources

  • Classic Encyclopedia Britannica (1911 )
  • Samuel Rutherford Crockett and Dumfries and Galloway
  • Chambers Biographical Dictionary, pp. 375 f, Edinburgh 2002, ISBN 0-550-10051-2