MEET THE FRIENDS
We are more than 100 strong, and we live all over Britain, mostly in Scotland, as well as far afield in Europe, Australia and the United States.. We love to explore the natural world, whether it be in fossil-hunting, hill-walking, mountain-climbing, fishing, beachcombing, or learning more about our earth's tumultuous history, just as Hugh Miller did nearly 200 years ago. We are also readers who love to discover good writing about the natural world, and some of us like to write about it ourselves
More than 20 of us are Hugh and Lydia Miller's direct descendants. We have amongst us committed private fossil collectors, professional geologists, a stonemason or two, a gold prospector, embroiderers and other craftspeople. In our ranks are novelists, natural historians, journalists, photographers, story-tellers, poets, artists, and musicians. For lots of members, being one of us is simply a matter of treasuring the "wee toun" of Cromarty, and its culture and traditions.
We have a mission in three parts: We exist first and foremost to support the Hugh Miller Museum and Birthplace Cottage, the National Trust for Scotland's 5-Star rated visitor attraction in Church Street, Cromarty in every way we can.
Our second mission is to encourage discovery and appreciation by more people of Hugh Miller's work and example, not only though visits to the Museum, but by participating in our many awareness-raising activities.
Our third goal is to create for Miller a living legacy. We do this by setting up a series of opportunities and events for people to directly engage with the natural world, as loved by Miller in his time, in the here and now, and in the future.
Why not Join Us today? We offer not material benefits, but cultural enrichment. Alongside us, you can see through a unique window into Scotland's past,follow in the footsteps of a great Scottish eco warrior, examine our own collections of fossils and minerals, soak up folk tradition, enjoy our lively, topical magazine, and write about your own travels and discoveries. We are a focal point where earth science and literature meet.