This Christmas is different. Fact. We might therefore look beyond the bonne viveur of Dickens, to stories closer to home. S.R.Crockett’s Christmas stories generally oppose the traditional Dickensian fare. In his Christmas stories Crockett challenges Dickens’ view, offering something more quintessentially Scots, so we've titled this series 'A Cameronian Christmas'. Many of the stories were published in long forgotten magazines, and in several short story collections (most notably The Bloom o' the Heather (1908) and Young Nick and Old Nick, Tales for the Year's End (1910) which are hard to come by today.
As the 2020 festive season approaches we are offering you the chance to read some 'alternative' Christmas stories right here at Unco. They'll be posted every Sunday from now till Hogmanay. Totally free.
S.R.Crockett was among the last of the Cameronians. In his childhood the family used to walk the nine miles from Little Duchrae to the then Cameronian Kirk on Queen Street in CD, which he called (and wrote about as) ‘The Kirk on the Hill’. Today the word Cameronian is usually associated with a now defunct Scottish Regiment, which was formed 14th May 1689, but historically the sect stemmed from Covenanting times. Formed as a separate Church after the religious settlement of 1690, they finally joining with the Free Church in 1876.