Charles Murray was a skilled and popular poet who wrote in the pure Scots of his native Aberdeenshire, despite spending his working lifetime as a civil engineer and senior civil servant in South Africa. He served in the 2nd Boer War, and as Director-of-Works in the South African Defence Force in the First World War. He returned to Scotland upon retirement in 1924. Three volumes of poetry were published between 1900 and 1920 (Hamewith remaining in print since), and his poems on the war, written with a clear eye and without sentimentality, give a picture of the effects of the conflict upon ordinary country people.
See link below for the Elphinstone Institute’s biographical website for Charles Murray.