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Near Spring Mill Village in Lawrence County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Tale of Two Scotsmen

 
 
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Photographed By McGhiever, June 2, 2013
1. A Tale of Two Scotsmen marker
Inscription.  
Although they never met, George Donaldson honored his countryman, Alexander Wilson, with this stone monument.

Alexander Wilson (1766-1813)
The Father of Ornithology

At the age of 13, Alexander Wilson began an apprenticeship as a weaver in his hometown of Paisley, Scotland. His love of writing led him to create poetry about the outdoors and about the harsh work conditions at the mills. He would eventually be convicted of libel after lampooning the mill owners.

Wilson left for America in 1794, where he was encouraged to illustrate and research the birds of North America. A first of seven volumes of his American Ornithology was published in 1808. The eighth and ninth volumes were published posthumously under the direction of his friend, George Ord. Alexander Wilson died in 1813. He was buried in Philadelphia in the yard of the Swedish Church, contrary to his wish to be buried 'where birds would sing above him'.

George Donaldson (1811-1898)
George Donaldson was also born in Paisley, Scotland. In 1865 he arrived at Spring Mill and purchased 181 acres including Donaldson Cave
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and Donaldson Woods. As they shared a deep appreciation of nature, George Donaldson revered Alexander Wilson. In 1866, Donaldson erected this stone monument to memorialize Wilson. He hand-carved an image of Wilson on the stone.
 
Erected by Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsArts, Letters, MusicScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
 
Location. 38° 44.008′ N, 86° 24.927′ W. Marker is near Spring Mill Village, Indiana, in Lawrence County. Marker can be reached from Indiana Route 60 west of County Road 950E, on the right when traveling west. The markers are in Spring Mill State Park on Trail 4, southwest of Spring Mill Inn. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3333 Indiana State Highway 60 E, Mitchell IN 47446, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wilson Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hamer Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corp (approx. 0.4 miles away); Indiana State Parks (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Indiana State Parks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Amzi Munson Residence (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Granny White House
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(approx. 0.6 miles away); Montgomery Tavern (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spring Mill Village.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2021, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 5 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 12, 2021, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
 
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