The Ebbing Tide

  • Robert Fraser


Church bells, however, were very much a feature of Frazer’s childhood. In the little lochside town of Helensburgh, where Daniel Frazer, the anthropologist’s father, bought an out-of-town home in the 1860s whither at weekends the Frazers would flee the Glasgow streets, the Sabbath, rigorously maintained in the Frazer household, was punctuated by pealed invitations to worship and a round of prayer, Bible-reading and the singing of hymns. “The sound of sabbath bells, even in a foreign land,” wrote Frazer at the age of seventy-nine, thinking of Spain and perhaps too of Nemi, “still touches a deep chord in my heart.”1 In later years Daniel Frazer drew in his horns and lived entirely in his little house by the Gareloch, where twice a Sunday the peals would ricochet across the lake.


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Notes and References

  1. 2.
    Daniel Frazer, The Story of the Making of Buchanan Street with Some Reminiscences of the Last Half Century (Glasgow, 1885).Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    Andrew Lang, John Knox and the Reformation (London: Longman, 1905), pp. 36, 64, 239.Google Scholar
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    See J. G. Frazer, The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, I (London: Macmillan, 1913), 18–19.Google Scholar
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    Sir Henry Maine, Ancient Law, its Connection with the History of Society, and its Relation to Modern Ideas (London, 1861). Whilst a law student Frazer made copious notes on Maine’s text, citing M’Lennan against him (TCC 0.11.39). Frazer’s manuscript note on M’Lennan runs: “In other races a very different system has been found to exist, traces of which are not wanting even amongst Indo-European races. See M’Lennan’s Primitive Marriage.”Google Scholar
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    J. F. M’Lennan, Primitive Marriage: An Inquiry into the Origin and Form of Capture in Marriage Ceremonies (Edinburgh, 1865).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    J. J. Bachofen, Das Mutterrecht (Stuttgart, 1861).Google Scholar
  8. 24.
    Sir William Hamilton, Be Not Schismatics, Be Not Martyrs by Mistake. A demonstration that “the. principle of non-intrusion” so far from being “fundamental in the Church of Scotland” is subversive to that and even other Presbyterian church establishments (Edinburgh, 1843).Google Scholar
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    J. D. Mackie, History of Scotland (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1964), p. 328.Google Scholar
  10. 27.
    Reproduced as a frontispiece in J. S. Black and George Chrystal, The Life of William Robertson Smith (London: A. & C. Black, 1912), from which the following biographical details are taken.Google Scholar
  11. 28.
    J. S. Mill, An Examination of Sir William Hamilton’s Philosophy (London, 1865).Google Scholar

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© Robert Fraser 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Fraser
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.LondonUK
  2. 2.AndrosGreece
  3. 3.Kuwait

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