his job as a London insurance clerk, Millican Dalton dropped out
long before it became fashionable or even acceptable.
He lived under canvas, in a cave or in his woodland hut for the
most part of his life. He styled himself Professor of Adventure
and offered Camping Holidays, Mountain rapid shooting, Rafting
and Hair's breadth escapes.
Primarily remembered for his eccentric asceticism, Millican Dalton
was a man who had the courage to follow his dreams and to live
by his convictions. Dissatisfied with the life dealt him, he created
He had a disdain for modern urban materialism, rejecting it in
favour of a life of stoic simplicity. Millican Dalton lived a
life at one with nature - growing his own food and sewing his
own clothes. He was a teetotaler, a vegetarian, a socialist and
a staunch pacifist.
Many people have considered walking out of the office and chucking
it all in for a life of simplicity. Millican Dalton lived that
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You can't feel lonely
with nature as your companion
neither wrote books nor painted pictures. His legacy can be difficult
to asses and easy to dismiss. Having lived a life outwith contemporary
norms, it is easy to mistake his eccentricity for affectation.
Indeed he is often defined by his odd habits, his homemade clothes,
his cave dwelling or his mountain guiding. All these things were
true, but they were merely consequeces of his quest.
Millican Dalton was many things, but first and foremost he was
a man in search of a simple life.
Millican Dalton lead a very conventional existence, when, at the
age of 36, he broke with irksome conformity and shallow materialism
in favour of a nobler existence. He cast off all that weighed
him down and rejoiced in what remained.
Millican Dalton was unmoved by the whirlpool of ego, aspiration,
envy and material acquisition that keep the rest of us in our
He was an ascetic for our modern age - a man who will be remembered
by many and emulated by few.