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Re: Special Christmas Message from Noss Head
Dear Ian of Noss Head,
You won't know me from Adam, but many years ago I spent long
hours wandering around Noss Head, Castle Haven etc. as a young Ph.D.
candidate in geology, studying the rocks from Ackergill south to
Ackergill. In later years I have taken geological field trips to
Wick, Girnigoe, Duncansby etc. and have published widely on the
geology of Caithness. My earliest paper described the geology of the
gorge of the Thurso river at Dirlot; wistful memories of that little
castle of the Gunns!
Anyway, would you like copies of my papers on the geology of
Sinclair home base for your library (not a huge collection - probably
occupies no more than a couple of cms of shelf space)? If so, what is
your mailing address please.
Although I have no genetic connections to the Sinclairs, they
have always been somewhere lurking in the background of my life. Each
year I bring a group of students to Edinburgh - our final field trip
is to Rosslyn Chapel, a place that has always captivated my
imagination. My wife loves the place too - our dining room is full of
memorabilia; prints, sculptures etc. In fact we refer to it as "the
At the moment I am preparing a new course on the environment, to be
taught at the Columba 1400 Centre on Skye; one of the lectures will
feature John Sinclair of Ulbster and his vision of agricultural
development in the Highlands - would that all landowners had been
blessed with his insights and compassion.
Hope to hear from you - have a pleasant new year.
C. B. Moncrief Chair of Geology,
Texas Christian University,
Dr. R. Nowell Donovan
Moncrief Chair of Geology |Voice (817) 257-7270
Department of Geology |FAX (817) 257-7789
TCU Box 298830
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX 76129
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