Articles & Essays

I am delighted to announce that volume 1 of Cecil Polhill: Missionary, Gentleman and Revivalist (1860-1914) published by Brill, will be available to buy from Amazon (and all good outlets) from 24 September. Here's a couple of excerpts from the reviews:

This is the final in a series of three short articles on Rev. Arthur T. Polhill, whose letters and memoirs form a significant portion of the Polhill Collection. For a short introduction to his life leading up to his decision to sail to China with the Cambridge Seven missionary band, in 1885, see Introducing Rev. Arthur Twisleton Polhill, M.A, (1862-1935).

In March I prepared a paper on Harry Small for the Scottish Church History Society Spring conference in Stirling, but I wasn’t able to give the paper owing to Covid-19 precautions. I’m still planning to submit a slightly modified version of that paper for publication, but I’d like to write something simpler about Harry Small on this website too.

There is a small file of undated items and miscellaneous fragments in the Polhill Collection. One of the items is a short list of “subscriptions to the Shuting Church and Mission Hall.” Shuting is the former name for the city of Dazhou in central Sichuan, where Rev. Arthur Twistleton Polhill built a 500 seat