Articles & Essays

One of the most interesting items in the collection is a photograph of what appears to be an old man, but there's just something that's not quite right about it. The face doesn't seem to fit the bald crown and extravagantly white, bushy sideburns. On the back of the photo is says "Cecil 1876" and then further down "Potter." Could it be that this is actually a photograph of Cecil Polhill aged sixteen? Surprisingly enough, this is the most likely explanation.

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.

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).