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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: James Inches Hillocks

Author: James Inches Hillocks (1824–1904)

Biography: James Inches Hillocks was born around 1824 in Dundee. From humble origins, he worked as a weaver at a young age but dedicated himself to self-education eventually becoming a teacher. Later, he became a chemist and newspaper editor. Ultimately, he became an independent minister and author. After winning an essay-writing prize, he moved to London in 1861 to work among the poor. In addition to an autobiography Life Struggles (1876) he also wrote some fiction. Queen Victoria granted him a civil list pension. In 1851, he married Margaret Gordon Matcher. He died on 17 September 1904 in Southend-on-Sea. A remarkable example of Victorian self-help.

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References: British Census (1841, 1851, 1861, 1881, 1891, 1901); Probate; Southend Standard (22 September 1904)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Sophia: A Tale.  1 vol.  London: Partridge, 1857.
  2. The Gentle Prince: A Story for all who Desire the Golden Crown of Life.  1 vol.  Glasgow: John S. Marr and Sons, 1879.