Author Information At the Circulating Library

Author: Hugh Coleman Davidson (1852–1934)

Biography: Hugh Coleman Davidson was born in 1852 in Castletown, Isle of Man, the son of the Rev. Hugh Coleman Davidson and Harriett Sarah Watson. He attended King William's College and Cambridge before moving to London and entering journalism. As a writer for the Morning Leader, he specialized in gardening reporting and he later published several books on the subject. In addition, he wrote a dozen novels. His best known novel The Green Hills by the Sea (1887) is set in his native Isle of Man, however as a Manx novel it was overshadowed by Hall Caine's Manx novel The Deemster published the same year. In 1886, he married Jessie Edith Von Oelrichs (d. 1903) and the couple had no children. His wife also wrote, producing a collection of poetry, cookbooks, and essays. Davidson died in 1934.

References: Allibone; British Census (1881, 1891, 1901); Manx Literature (www.manxliterature.com); Wellesley

Titles:

  1. Cast on the Waters.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1887.
  2. The Green Hills by the Sea: A Manx Story.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1887.
  3. Mad or Married?: A Manx Story.  1 vol.  London: W. H. Allen, 1887.
  4. King Diddle.  1 vol.  Bristol: Arrowsmith, 1887.
  5. The Old Adam: A Tale of an Army Crammer.  3 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1888.
  6. The Gargrave Mystery.  1 vol.  London: Frederick Warne, 1889.
  7. The Queen of the Black Hand.  1 vol.  London: Trischler, 1890.
  8. Not a Moment to Spare.  2 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1891.
  9. Hypocrites.  1 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1892.
  10. Mr. Sadler's Daughters.  1 vol.  London: Chatto and Windus, 1894.
  11. The Story of a Lost Soul: A Novel.  1 vol.  London: Simpkin, 1896.