Despite an early interest in literature, especially humorous poetry, The Geology of the Island of Arran was Andrew Crombie Ramsay’s first geological work, originally produced as a guide for the 1840 British Association field expedition. Unfortunately, as a result of working late the previous night, Ramsay missed the boat and the expedition could not go ahead. However, his map and writings were published subsequently thanks to the encouragement of John Nichol from Glasgow University (to whom the book is dedicated), which most likely kick-started his rich geological career. His letters and writings span the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia (...

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