Caledonia, stern and wild, may be called "meet nurse" of geologists as well as of poets. Among the most
remarkable of the former is Charles Lyell, who was born in Forfarshire on November 14th, 1797, at Kinnordy,
the family mansion. His father, who also bore the name of Charles, was both a lover of natural history and
a man of high culture. He took an interest at one time in entomology, but abandoned this for botany, devoting
himself more especially to the study of the cryptogams.