Hugh Coleman Davidson

Born and raised in Castletown during the 1850s and 60s, Hugh Coleman Davidson became a gardening journalist in England, but he is best remembered today for having captured the Isle of Man so vividly in his 1887 novel, The Green Hills by the Sea.

Born in June 1852 to the assistant master at King William’s College, Davidson started at his father’s school in 1861, the very year that T. E. Brown left to become a master at Clifton College in Bristol. After graduating from Cambridge, Davidson took up a career in journalism, joining the staff of the Morning Leader as their gardening expert. He had a successful career in gardening journalism but he also wrote a number of pieces of fiction. Undoubtedly the most popular and significant of these was The Green Hills by the Sea, published in the same year as Hall Caine’s The Deemster and regarded as one of the earliest Manx novels.

Davidson died at the age of 82 on the 13th of August 1934.

Works by Hugh Coleman Davidson