John Buchan

John Buchan (1875 - 1940)



John Buchan, who became first Baron Tweedsmuir, combined a literary life with his career in public service. In the latter he rose to become Governor-General of Canada; as an author he is best remembered for his popular adventure stories, like The Thirty-nine Steps.  He compiled the exemplaryThe Northern Muse, an anthology of poetry in Scots, in 1924. His own poetry in Scots outranks that which he wrote in English; his Poems Scots and English came out in 1917, and the poems about the First World War have been much anthologised.