The 5th Earl of Selkirk
Posted by Marie-Bernadette on June 09, 1998 at 14:59:16:
In response to Second Sons, written by Peg on June 08, 1998 at 10:41:39
Here is a small example of a younger son doing something unconventional. Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, was a younger son (but by the time of his father's death he was the only brother left and so got the title) who astonished his father and sibs by working the family farm. He did all the same things as the tenants, ploughing and scything and so on, but he did not take this up as a profession so much as an attempt on his part to try to empathise with the common people and familiarise himself with their lives. He later established a colony in Canada for displaced Highlanders.
- Lord Selkirk Tom Cervo 00:35:42 6/13/98 (0)
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