By D. W. Lambert

Robert Aitken of Pendeen

Our story takes us from the borders of Scotland away down to a Cornish village, with intervals at Leeds and the Isle of Man.

Robert Aitken was born in 1800 at Crailing near Jedburgh, where his father was the village schoolmaster.  The stern religious background of the Scotland of that day, with its narrow Calvinistic emphasis, did not suit young Robert and he was drawn into the Episcopal Church, through the influence of the saintly Bishop of Elgin, later being ordained by the Bishop of Durham and becoming curate at Whitburn near Sunderland.  From there, for the sake of his wife’s health, he moved across to the Isle of Man.  He bought a small estate and lived the life of a gentleman farmer except on Sunday when he took services, becoming known, throughout the island, as an eloquent preacher.  Now came an hour of crisis.

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