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  • Prof. Donald Macaulay, (Ed.)
    Prof. Donald Macaulay, (Ed.)

    Professor Donald MacAulay divides his time between Lewis and Edinburgh. He is a renowned Gaelic scholar and was a Reader in Celtic and held the Chair in Celtic between 1991 and 1995.

  • Norman MacCaig
    Norman MacCaig

    Born: 1910 in Edinburgh Died: 1996 in Edinburgh First Book: Far Cry (Routledge, 1943) Awards: Awarded an OBE and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1986 Norman MacCaig was born in Edinburgh on 14 November 1910. His father was an Edinburgh chemist and his mother hailed from the island

  • Daniel MacCannell
    Daniel MacCannell

    Daniel MacCannell , a graduate of Aberdeen University and UCLA’s MFA-Screenwriting program, is a widely published non-fiction writer who has received the Jack Nicholson prize and been nominated for the Fotokem Maverick Award for his fictional work. He edited the highly acclaimed book The Lost

  • Fiona A.MacDonald
    Fiona A.MacDonald

    Fiona A. Macdonald is the author of Missions to the Gaels .

  • Alastair J. MacDonald
    Alastair J. MacDonald

    Dr Alastair Macdonald is the Mackie Lecturer in History at The University of Aberdeen. One of his key research interests is Anglo-Scottish relations in the later middle ages and his doctoral thesis on Anglo-Scottish conflict between 1369 and 1403 has now been published as a monograph. His

  • Angus and Patricia Macdonald
    Angus and Patricia Macdonald

    Photograph by Robin Gillanders. Angus and Patricia Macdonald have collaborated for over twenty years on the record and interpretation of the history and current state of the environment and of cultural landscapes, using aerial photography as the main tool. Their partnership, Aerographica, works from

  • Catriona M.M. Macdonald
    Catriona M.M. Macdonald

    Catriona MacDonald was born in Glasgow and educated at the universities of St Andrews (MA Hons) and Strathclyde (PhD). She is currently a Senior Lecturer in History at Glasgow Caledonian University and is author of The Radical Thread (2000), editor of Unionist Scotland (1998) and co-editor of

  • Charles MacDonald
    Charles MacDonald

    The Reverend Charles MacDonald was a former Priest of Moidart and resident of The Old Chapel House and his classic account of the social history of Moidart and the Macdonalds of Clanranald in 1889. Dr John Watts was educated at the universities of Oxford and Glasgow. He is a Fellow

  • Claire Macdonald
    Claire Macdonald

    Lady Claire Macdonald is the author of almost twenty best-selling cookery books, including Seasonal Cooking, The Harrods Book of Entertaining, The Claire Macdonald Cookbook and Entertaining Solo . For almost forty years she and her husband Godfrey ran the world-famous Kinloch Lodge on Skye.

  • Iain S. Macdonald
    Iain S. Macdonald

    Iain S. Macdonald is a retired Public Health Medical Officer. He lives in Falkirk. Sheep-farming in Knoydart and Lochaber shaped the lives of three generations of his Glencoe ancestors. Impressions gathered during the war years at school in Badenoch enhanced his interest in the role of Highlanders

  • Murdo Ewen MacDonald
    Murdo Ewen MacDonald

    From a croft in the Hebridean island of Harris to the grim confines of the Nazis’ notorious prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft III and the hallowed of Glasgow University, the life of Murdo Ewen Macdonald was one of extraordinary variety and richness. Macdonald was ordained as a Church of

  • Stuart Macdonald
    Stuart Macdonald

    Stuart Macdonald teaches at Knox College, Toronto, Canada.

  • Ian MacDougall
    Ian MacDougall

    Ian MacDougall is the author of several works of social history including Voices from War, Voice of Work & Home and Voices from the Spanish Civil War.

  • Norman MacDougall
    Norman MacDougall

    Norman MacDougall was senior Lecturer in the Department of Scottish History at the University of St Andrews.

  • Patrick MacGill
    Patrick MacGill

    Patrick MacGill , known as ‘the Navvy Poet’ was born in Donegal in 1889. During the First World War he served with the London Irish Rifles and was wounded at Loos in 1915. His novel The Great Push was written as result of his wartime experiences. He emigrated to America with his

  • Douglas MacGowan
    Douglas MacGowan

    Douglas MacGowan is a freelance writer. He has contributed articles to Celtic Heritage , the Scottish Journal and The Scotsman . He lives near San Francisco, where he works as a paralegal.

  • Lizzie MacGregor, Editor(s)
    Lizzie MacGregor, Editor(s)

    Lizzie MacGregor is the Assistant Librarian of the Scottish Poetry Library. She has edited the SPL/Polygon’s popular series of poetry anthologies, as well as Beneath Troubled Skies: Poems of Scotland at War, 1914–1918.

  • Allan I. MacInnes
    Allan I. MacInnes

    Allan I. Macinnes is a specialist in early modern Scottish History in an international context. A graduate of the universities of St Andrews and Glasgow, he has held academic positions at the universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen, the latter position as Burnett-Fletcher Chair of History. He is

  • Seumas MacInnes
    Seumas MacInnes

    Seumas MacInnes is one of Scotland’s foremost restaurateurs. After studying hotel management he joined the restaurant in 1983 and became its owner in 1995. He has recently published the Café Gandolfi Cookbook to celebrate the restaurant’s 30th birthday, and also presented a

  • George Mackay Brown
    George Mackay Brown

    Born: 1921 in Stromness, Orkney Islands Died: 1996 in Stromness First Book: The Storm (Orkney Press, 1954) Awards: Short-listed for the 1994 Booker Prize for Beside the Ocean of Time George Mackay Brown is considered to be one of the greatest Scottish poets and authors of the twentieth

  • Sheila MacKay
    Sheila MacKay

    Sheila Mackay lived for several years in Egypt and North America before returning to her native Scotland to bring up her family and work as a journalist. She founded Moubray House Press in Edinburgh 's Royal Mile and later wrote several non-fiction books and a novel. She divides her time

  • Bridget Mackenzie
    Bridget Mackenzie

    Bridget Mackenzie gained a degree from the University of Oxford and an MLitt from the University of Glasgow, where she became a lecturer in Old Norse. She published a number of articles and other books on piping, including Piping Traditions of the North of Scotland , Piping Traditions of

  • Compton Mackenzie
    Compton Mackenzie

    Compton Mackenzie was born in West Hartlepool, England, into a theatrical family of Mackenzies, but many of whose members used Compton as their stage surname, starting with his grandfather Henry Compton, a well-known Shakespearean actor of the Victorian era. His father, Edward Compton, was an actor

  • Donald W. Mackenzie
    Donald W. Mackenzie

    Donald W. Mackenzie was raised in Ulva and wrote his memoirs in 2000.

  • Bill Mackie
    Bill Mackie

    On leaving school, Bill Mackie went to work at Aberdeen Journals Ltd, before moving into TV. He was Assistant head of news/current affairs at Grampian Television, and also worked as editor/producer on news and documentaries. He has a PhD degree from Aberdeen University for a thesis on the economic

  • Alasdair Maclean
    Alasdair Maclean

    Born in Glasgow of Highland stock, Alasdair Maclean left school at fourteen to work in the Clydeside shipyards. National Service in the Merchant Marine followed and then service in the British and Indian Armies. He returned to Scotland to read English at Edinburgh University before returning home

  • Charles MacLean
    Charles MacLean

    Charles MacLean has spent the past 27 years researching, writing and lecturing about Scotch whisky. He is the author of nine books on the subject, including the standard work on whisky brands, Scotch Whisky , and the authoritative Malt Whisky , both of which were short-listed for Glenfiddich

  • Norman MacLean
    Norman MacLean

    Comedian, singer, composer, musician, linguist, actor, author, and favourite of Sean Connery and Billy Connolly. Norman Maclean was born in Glasgow in 1936, and educated at school and university in Glasgow, before going on to teach all over Scotland. He garnered much fame after winning two Gold

  • Sorley MacLean
    Sorley MacLean

    Sorley MacLean was born on the island of Rasaay in 1911. He was brought up within a family and community immersed in Gaelic language and culture, particularly song. He studied English at Edinburgh University from 1929, taking a first class honours degree. Despite this influence, he eventually

  • Angus MacLellan
    Angus MacLellan

    Born in 1869, Angus MacLellan's life encompassed two centuries and great changes in the Scottish way of life, from rural to industrial, from island to mainland. He left Uist to go into camp with the militia, before working for farmers on the mainland in Perthshire and Argyll. He later returned to

  • Anne MacLeod
    Anne MacLeod

    Anne MacLeod grew up in Wester Ross. She graduated in English Language and History from the University of Glasgow, gained a PhD in History from the University of Glasgow and a Postgraduate Diploma in Archives and Records Management from the University of Dundee. She is Skye and Lochalsh Area

  • Iseabail Macleod and J. Derrick McClure (editors)
    Iseabail Macleod and J. Derrick McClure (editors)

    Iseabail Macleod has many years experience in publishing mainly with Collins and Chambers, later as a freelance editor and as Editorial Director of the Scottish National Dictionary Association (1986 - 2002). She has an MBE for services to Scottish dictionaries and is an Honorary Fellow of the

  • John MacLeod
    John MacLeod

    John MacLeod was born in Lochaber in 1966. After graduating from Edinburgh University, he began his career at BBC Highland in Inverness and quickly established himself as a freelance writer. He won Scottish Journalist of the Year in 1991 and contributed regularly to The Scotsman and The Herald. He

  • Aonghas MacNeacail
    Aonghas MacNeacail

    Rugadh Aonghas MacNeacail an Ùige an Eilein Sgitheanaich ann an 1942. Tha e ri bàrdachd is òrain, obair-naidheachdais, craoladh, sgrioptadh is filmichean. Chaidh cruinneachaidhean bàrdachd leis fhoillseachadh sa Ghàidhlig is sa Bheurla, agus tha a

  • Kevin MacNeil
    Kevin MacNeil

    Kevin MacNeil is an award-winning writer from the Outer Hebrides now living in London. He is a novelist, poet, editor and screenwriter. The Brilliant & Forever is his third novel. Listen to the Polygon podcast with Kevin MacNeil: Find out more about Kevin and his

  • Morag MacNeill
    Morag MacNeill

    Morag MacNeill learned Gaelic as a teenager. She was a full-time primary school teacher and now works as a supply teacher, mainly in the Gaelic medium. She has done extensive teaching of adults within night class, adult education groups and organisations.

  • Alan Macniven
    Alan Macniven

    Alan Macniven is a lecturer in the department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is responsible for honours and postgraduate courses in Viking Studies, Old Norse Studies, and the Material Culture of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Scotland, and has organised a number of

  • Sandra MacPherson
    Sandra MacPherson

    Sandra Macpherson was born in Perthshire and trained as a registered nurse. At the age of twenty-two the author cut short her nursing career in Edinburgh to marry the charismatic Euan Macpherson, her psychology tutor. Not long after, Euan inherited the family estate of Glentruim in Badenoch and

  • Jo Macsween
    Jo Macsween

    Jo Macsween is a haggis aficionado, food lover and blogger. She grew up doing her homework in the offices of her family’s butcher’s shop, inhaling the wonderful aroma of freshly steamed haggis. Eventually joining the business in 1992, she is the driving force behind the evolution

  • Maggie Craig
    Maggie Craig

    Maggie Craig is the acclaimed writer of the ground-breaking Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ’45 , and its companion volume Bare-Arsed Banditti: The Men of the ’45 . She is also the author of six family saga novels set in her native Glasgow and Clydebank. She is a

  • Susie Maguire
    Susie Maguire

    Born: Edinburgh First Book: The Short Hello (Polygon, 2000) Edinburgh-born Susie Maguire’s professional incarnations have included vintage-clothes scout, ceramicist, artist’s model, a capella singer, actor, TV presenter, voiceover artist and comedy performer. In the 1980s she was

  • Malcolm M. Combe
    Malcolm M. Combe

    Malcolm M. Combe is a solicitor and senior lecturer in law at the University of Aberdeen. In June 2013, he was appointed an adviser to the Land Reform Review Group, which reported in 2014. Since January 2017, he has been a Case and Comment editor of the legal journal the Juridical Review. He

  • David Malcolm and Peter E. Crabtree
    David Malcolm and Peter E. Crabtree

    David Malcolm was born and raised in St Andrews, and was past Captain and Life Member of The New Golf Club, St Andrews. A graduate of Edinburgh University, he was a research geneticist in the USA and Europe before returning to work in St Andrews University and latterly at Madras College. A

  • John Malcolm
    John Malcolm

    John Malcolm is a kinsman of Sir John Malcolm. After graduating in history from the University of Cambridge in 1957, he worked for fourteen years for Royal Dutch Shell, serving in Malaysia, East Africa, Yemen, London and Iran. In 1972 he settled in Australia and worked with various companies

  • Alastair J. Mann
    Alastair J. Mann

    Alastair J. Mann gained a degree from Napier University, Edinburgh. He worked in publishing for twelve years before undertaking a further degree and PhD at the University of Stirling, where he currently works as a lecturer in Scottish History. He is author of The Scottish Book Trade 1500 to

  • Susan Mansfield and Alistair Moffat
    Susan Mansfield and Alistair Moffat

    Alistair Moffat is a former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television. He now runs the Borders and Lennoxlove book festivals and is currently Rector of St Andrews University. He has written numerous books, including Tuscany, The Faded Map, The

  • Margaret M. Dunlop
    Margaret M. Dunlop

    Margaret M. Dunlop is the wife of Gerald Wiener. Born and brought up in Glasgow, she became a teacher, and eventually a head teacher in the Scottish Borders. She met Gerald in Edinburgh and they married in 1985. She is the author of two fiction titles, Marching in Scotland – Dancing in

  • Mark Muller Stuart
    Mark Muller Stuart

    Mark Muller Stuart is a senior advocate who specialises in public international law, advising international bodies on humanitarian issues and conflict resolution. He is a senior mediator to the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and has conducted international missions throughout

  • John Marsden
    John Marsden

    John Marsden is the author of a number of books on the early history of Scotland and Northumbria, including Somerled and Galloglas . In recent years he has made his home in the Western Isles of Scotland.

  • Henry Marsh
    Henry Marsh

    Henry Marsh was born in Broughty Ferry, Dundee in 1944. He now lives in Midlothian. His working life has been spent teaching English – with a bit of philosophy. His Ph.D thesis is a study of the modes of imagination. He began writing poetry in 2000 following the death of a friend, a Gaelic

  • Nancy Marshall
    Nancy Marshall

    Nancy Marshall read English Literature and Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh, going on to write widely about Scottish song and the poems and songs of Robert Burns. She lives in Edinburgh.

  • Rosalind K. Marshall
    Rosalind K. Marshall

    Dr Rosalind K. Marshall , is a well-known writer and historian. She has written widely on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, specialising in women’s history, and is the author of seventeen books including The Days of Duchess Anne , John Knox , Queen Mary’s Women and

  • Roddy Martine
    Roddy Martine

    Born: 1946 in Kuching, Borneo First Book: The Swinging Sporran (Wolfe Publishing, 1972) Awards: Scorpion on the Ceiling (Librario Publishing, 2005) was nominated for the Saltire Award 2005 Born of Scottish parentage in Borneo, Roddy Martine was educated in England and Scotland. He now

  • Ernest Marwick
    Ernest Marwick

    Ernest Marwick was born 1915 in Evie, Orkney. His only formal education was at Evie School which he attended until he was 10, after that he was self-educated. He started off working on the family farm, but went on to become a distinguished scholar specialising in folklore, local history, and

  • Mary Bromilow
    Mary Bromilow

    Mary Bromilow was born in south-west Scotland. She has spent her whole career in the world of books, first as a librarian and then in bookselling. Horses have played an important part of her life since childhood.

  • Mary Miller
    Mary Miller

    Mary Miller was a founder member and Director of the Jeely Piece Club, sharing with other local families in establishing self-help and mutual support for parents and children in a Glasgow housing scheme. Later specialising in the care of traumatised children, she carried out a similar role for

  • Oscar Marzaroli
    Oscar Marzaroli

    Oscar Marzaroli was born in Castiglione Vera, Italy, in 1933 and came to Scotland with his family at the age of two. He studied at Glasgow School of Art for a short time and was subsequently a photo journalist in Stockholm and London before returning to Glasgow in 1959. Although best known for

  • Allan Massie
    Allan Massie

    Alan Massie was born in Singapore in 1938 and brought up in Aberdeenshire, before reading History at Trinity College, Cambridge. He subsequently worked as a teacher for thirteen years, in Scotland and Rome. Since the mid-1970s he has worked as a journalist and author. His first novel, Change

  • Tom Maxwell
    Tom Maxwell

    Tom Maxwell, born in Edinburgh, was brought up in Berwick-upon-Tweed and became a lifelong fan of Berwick Rangers, the subject ofhis first book, The Lone Rangers – An English Club’s Century in Scottish Football  (2011). A freelance journalist based in Midlothian, Tom’s

  • Matt Hopwood
    Matt Hopwood

    Matt Hopwood is a storyteller and a facilitator of sharing space. He is a graduate in Applied Anthropology from Goldsmith’s University, a former teacher and worked alongside community projects in Kenya, Palestine and Israel. He admits to having struggled to feel or express any emotions at

  • Matt Jansen
    Matt Jansen

    Matthew Jansen is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker and a manager. He started his career with hometown club Carlisle United, and also played for Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers as well as a loan spell with Coventry City.

  • Evan Mawdsley
    Evan Mawdsley

    Evan Mawdsley is Professor of International History at Glasgow University. He has written numerous books and articles on Russian history and is the co-author of The Soviet Elite from Lenin to Gorbachev . He lives in Glasgow.

  • Flora Maxwell Stuart
    Flora Maxwell Stuart

    Flora Maxwell Stuart is also the author of Lady Nithsdale and the Jacobites . Her family is one of the best known in The Borders and Traquair is one of Scotland’s most famous stately homes.

  • Brian McCabe
    Brian McCabe

    Brian McCabe was born in a small mining community near Edinburgh. He studied Philosophy and English Literature at Edinburgh University. He has worked as a freelance writer since 1980. He has held various writing fellowships, most recently at the University of Edinburgh. His books have won several

  • Alexander McCall Smith
    Alexander McCall Smith

    Born: 1948, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
First Book: The White Hippo (Hamish Hamilton, 1980)
Awards: The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency received two 1998 Booker Prize for Fiction Judges’ Special Recommendations and was voted as one of The Times Literary Supplement’s International

  • John McCallum
    John McCallum

    John McCallum was born in Glasgow in 1917, and was brought up there and in Oban. He left school aged 14 to work as a Boy Messenger in the Post Office. Aged 18, he transferred to its Engineering Department as a trainee and spent two years on external telephone work, later being transferred to

  • Ken McClure
    Ken McClure

    Ken McClure is the internationally bestselling author of medical thrillers such as Wildcard, The Gulf Conspiracy, Eye of the Raven and Past Lives . His books have been translated into over 20 languages and he has earned a reputation for meticulous research and the chilling accuracy of his

  • Alan McCombes
    Alan McCombes

    Alan McCombes is a freelance writer and journalist and previously editor of the Scottish Socialist Voice. A founder member of the Scottish Socialist Party, he was an executive member of the party and also its national press and policy co-ordinator. He lives in Glasgow.

  • Morrice McCrae
    Morrice McCrae

    Morrice McCrae has been a House Physician and a House Surgeon at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and a House Physician at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child

  • Gavin McCrone
    Gavin McCrone

    Gavin McCrone has studied , written and lectured about the Scottish economy over a period of many years. For over two decades he was Chief Economic Adviser to successive Secretaries of State for Scotland. He was successively head of two Scottish Government Departments – the Industry

  • R. Andrew McDonald, Editor(s)
    R. Andrew McDonald, Editor(s)

    R. Andrew McDonald is Professor of History at Brock University, Canada, where he was the founding director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He is the author of many books, book chapters, and articles on medieval Scottish, Hebridean, and Manx history, including The Kingdom of

  • R.A McDonald
    R.A McDonald

    R. Andrew McDonald is Professor of History at Brock University, Canada, where he was the founding director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He is the author of many books, book chapters and articles on medieval Scottish, Hebridean and Manx history, including The Kingdom of

  • Christine McGladdery
    Christine McGladdery

    Christine McGladdery is a Teaching Fellow at the School of History, University of St Andrews. Her main research interests are the relationship between crown and nobility in fifteenth-century Scotland and the chronicle sources of the period. She is a member of the St Andrews Institute of

  • William McGonagall
    William McGonagall

    Where he was born and when are unknown, but William Topaz McGonagall was a self-educated hand loom weaver who, in Dundee in 1877, felt the poetic muse upon him. He spent the next twenty-five years appalling and delighting audiences with his disjointed, creaky and sometimes just plain bad verse.

  • Stephen McGowan
  • Mary McGrigor
    Mary McGrigor

    Lady Mary McGrigor grew up in a 15th-century Scottish castle which inspired her love of history. When she was twenty she married Sir Charles McGrigor who eventually retired to become a hill farmer in Argyll. Inspired by local artefacts she wrote a number of local histories before branching out

  • Stuart McHardy
    Stuart McHardy

    Stuart McHardy is a writer, storyteller and lecturer. His interest in Scotland’s past has led him to re-evaluate the role of the oral tradition in gaining a clearer picture of our history. He believes that while history is written by winners, story flourishes amongst history’s survivors. He

  • Alastair McIntosh
    Alastair McIntosh

    Alastair McIntosh is a Scottish writer and campaigner for social justice and environmental sustainability. He holds fellowships at the Centre for Human Ecology, the E. F. Schumacher Society and the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster. In 2005 the University of

  • John McKay
    John McKay

    John McKay came from a family that had worked in the Scottish shale oil industry from the 1870s to the early 1900s. He worked as a Senior Executive Officer for HM Customs and Excise for over 30 years. He was a member of the City of Edinburgh District Council 1974–77 and 1978–88, and

  • Margaret M. McKay, Editor(s)
    Margaret M. McKay, Editor(s)

    Margaret McKay is the author of The Rev. Dr John Walker's Report on the Hebrides.

  • Shirley McKay
    Shirley McKay

    Shirley McKay was born in Tynemouth but now lives with her family in Fife. At the age of fifteen she won the Young Observer playwriting competition, her play being performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. She went on to study English and Linguistics at the University of St Andrews before

  • Charles McKean and Patricia Whatley
    Charles McKean and Patricia Whatley

    Charles McKean is Professor of Scottish Architectural History at the University of Dundee and is one of Scotland's foremost authorities on Scotland's built environment. He is author of Edinburgh, Portrait of a City, Battle for the North: The Scottish Thirties and The Scottish Chateau,

  • John McKendrick
    John McKendrick

    John McKendrick was born and brought up in Glasgow. He studied at the LSE and Oxford and is currently a barrister in London and an advocate in Edinburgh. he also worked for two years in Panama and the Caribbean. He was Times Lawyer of the Week in September 2013.

  • Jane McKie
    Jane McKie

    Jane McKie , originally from West Sussex, lives in Linlithgow, West Lothian. Her poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies, including New Writing Scotland and Granta’s New Writing Volume 15. Her first collection, Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), was awarded the Sundial /

  • Alan McKirdy
    Alan McKirdy

    Alan McKirdy has written many popular books and book chapters on geology and related topics and has helped to promote the study of environmental geology in schools. Before his recent retirement he was Head of Information Management at Scottish Natural Heritage. He is the author of Land of

  • Dr Christopher McLachlan
    Dr Christopher McLachlan

    Dr Christopher MacLachlan was born and brought up in Edinburgh, at which university he received his M.A. degree and his Ph.D. He was subsequently appointed to lectureship in the Department (now School) of English at the University of St. Andrews, where he is now Senior Lecturer. Dr MacLachlan’s

  • Robert McLellan
    Robert McLellan

    Robert McLellan, OBE (1907-1985) was born at Linmill, a fruit farm in Kirkfieldbank in the Clyde valley, the home of his maternal grandparents. He studied philosophy at the University of Glasgow, but was unable to complete his degree due to ill-health. He met his future wife, Kathleen Heys,

  • James McLevy
    James McLevy

    In 1833 James McLevy became a detective and handled over two thousand cases during his 30-year career, almost always securing a conviction, before going on to publish a series of extremely popular books in the 1860s.

  • Dorothy Mcmillan
    Dorothy Mcmillan

    Dorothy McMillan . is a senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, and a past President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. She has published widely on women’s writing and co-edited A History of Scottish Women’s Writing (EUP, 1997).

  • Colm McNamee
    Colm McNamee

    Colm McNamee is the Senior Research Officer for the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland. He studied at Queens’ University, Belfast, and Worcester College, Oxford and has a DPhil in Medieval History.

  • John McNeillie
    John McNeillie

    John McNeillie was born in Old Kilpatrick in 1916. He wrote over forty books, most under the pen-name Ian Niall. These include No Resting Place (1948), a tale of Machars traveller folk, filmed in Co. Wicklow by Paul Rotha. His classic The Poacher’s Handbook (1950) also derives much

  • Ewan McVicar
    Ewan McVicar

    Ewan McVicar was born in Inverness in 1941. He worked as a banker in Scotland and Africa, then as a guitar teacher in the USA. On his return to Scotland, he was employed in various areas of social work before becoming a self-employed storyteller and songwriter. He has performed in over 200

  • Donald E. Meek and Nicholas S. Robins
    Donald E. Meek and Nicholas S. Robins

    Nicholas S. Robins is a Hydrogeologist with the British Geological Survey, based at Crowmarsh, Oxfordshire. He is the author of several acclaimed books on the history of British shipping. Donald E. Meek is Professor of Scottish and Gaelic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Donald Meek, Editor(s)
    Donald Meek, Editor(s)

    Donald E. Meek is a professor of Scottish and Gaelic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Sam Meekings
    Sam Meekings

    Sam Meekings grew up near the south coast of England. He took an undergraduate degree in Modern History and English Literature at Mansfield College, Oxford University and, later, a Masters degree in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University. In 2005 he moved to China where he worked as a

  • Julia Melvin
    Julia Melvin

    Julia Melvin is Irvine’s granddaughter. After graduating in English Language and Literature from the University of St Andrews, she trained as an archivist with the Royal Archives at Windsor and then worked as a textual editor for the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. She currently

  • Denzil Meyrick
    Denzil Meyrick

    Denzil Meyrick was educated in Argyll, then after studying politics, joined Strathclyde Police, serving in Glasgow. After being injured and developing back problems, he entered the business world, and has operated in many diverse roles, including director of a large engineering company and

  • Michael McEwan
    Michael McEwan

    Michael McEwan is a journalist from Glasgow. He is the Assistant Editor of PSP Media Group’s portfolio of sports titles, which include Bunkered , Scotland’s highest circulating golf magazine. He is a former winner of both the RBS Young Sportswriter of the Year and Evening Times

  • Christian Miller
    Christian Miller

    Christian Miller , the youngest of a family of six, was born in 1920. Brought up on her father’s estate in the highlands of Scotland, she was educated by governesses. After the death of her father, the estate was inherited by her elder brother, and the rest of the family moved to London, where

  • James Miller
    James Miller

    James Miller was born and brought up in Caithness. After working abroad and in London he returned to the north of Scotland to work as a full-time writer. His previous books published by Birlinn include The Dambuilders, The North Atlantic Front and Inverness.

  • William Milliken and Sam Bridgewater
    William Milliken and Sam Bridgewater

    Dr William Milliken , one of Britain’s leading ethnobotanists, is currently a Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. He is a foremost expert on plants and their uses, both overseas and in the UK. He divides his attentions between biodiversity issues in the UK, applied

  • Jenni Minto and Les Wilson
    Jenni Minto and Les Wilson

    Jenni Minto studied accountancy at Aberdeen University and worked for BBC Scotland in a variety of business support roles. She has played a prominent role in setting up of Islay’s community owned wind turbine and currently works at the Museum of Islay Life. Les Wilson is a

  • Ian Mitchell
    Ian Mitchell

    Ian Mitchell is the author of Isles of the North (2004) and Isles of the West (2004). He lives in Moscow. Visit his blog at russianrambles.blogspot .

  • Martin J. Mitchell, Editor(s)
    Martin J. Mitchell, Editor(s)

    Martin J. Mitchell completed a PhD at the University of Strathclyde in 1997, and then became a Research Fellow at the AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen 1998–2003. He now lectures and tutors at the University of Strathclyde.

  • Satish Modi
    Satish Modi

    Satish Modi is chairman of Modi Global Enterprises. He supports a wide range of charities, educational institutions and the arts, and is a key member of Ambassadors for Philanthropy.

  • Alistair Moffat
    Alistair Moffat

    Born: 1950 in Kelso First Book: Edinburgh Fringe (Johnston and Bacon, 1978) Born and raised in Kelso in the Scottish Border country, Alistair Moffat has often left the place in body, but never in spirit. He attended the universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and London, and also

  • Alistair Moffat and James F. Wilson
    Alistair Moffat and James F. Wilson

    Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, he now runs the burgeoning Borders Book Festival as well as a production company based near Selkirk. He has written several books

  • Rita Monaldi & Francesco Sorti
    Rita Monaldi & Francesco Sorti

    Rita Monaldi was born in 1966 and is an expert in the history of religions. Her husband Francesco Sorti was born in 1964 and has a background in musicology. Both Rita and Francesco have worked as journalists, but in recent years they have collaborated on several historical novels including

  • Sir Iain Moncreiffe
    Sir Iain Moncreiffe

    Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk studied French and history at the University of Oxford (from 1938) and Scots law at Edinburgh University (LLB 1950, PhD 1958). During the Second World War he served in the Scots Guards. He joined the court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms in 1952 and became Albany

  • Norah Montgomerie and Julian Brooks
    Norah Montgomerie and Julian Brooks

    Norah Montgomerie was born in London but spent most of her life in Scotland with her husband William Montgomerie, the Scottish poet. Together they collected and published many collections of nursery rhymes and Scottish folk tales and independently she was well known for her compilations of

  • John Moore
    John Moore

    John Moore is a specialist on Scottish cartography and has published widely on the subject over a period of many years. He is currently Collections Manager at Glasgow University.

  • Diane Morgan
    Diane Morgan

    Diane Morgan , was born in Aberdeen and educated at Aberdeen University and Girton College, Cambridge where she read the Law Tripos. She has taught law at what is now RGU, freelanced for national and local media and in 1974 founded Aberdeen’s quality monthly, Leopard Magazine , selling the

  • R. J. Morris
    R. J. Morris

    R. J. Morris is professor of Economic and Social History at Edinburgh University. Originally from Yorkshire, he has written extensively about towns and civil society – key aspects of Scotland’s history - walking his camera around urban and rural Scotland. He is currently

  • Edwin Muir
    Edwin Muir

    Edwin Muir (1887-1959) was born and raised in the Orkney Islands until his family moved to Glasgow in 1901. He found employment there as a clerk and educated himself during those years, moving to London and marrying Willa Anderson in 1919. Muir gradually established himself as a literary critic

  • John Muir
    John Muir

    John Muir was born at Dunbar, Scotland in 1838, and emigrated to America in 1849, where he is still revered as ‘Father of the National Parks’ and ‘Herald of the Conservation Movement’. A true Renaissance man, Muir was: inventor, mountaineer, explorer, botanist,

  • Charles W. Munn
    Charles W. Munn

    Charles Munn was Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, 1988–2007. He is currently Director of the European Financial Planning Association, a Member of the Professional Standards Board of the Chartered Insurance Institute, and Chairman of the Budget and Finance

  • Michael Munro
    Michael Munro

    Michael Munro has lived in Glasgow all his life and is the leading authority on the city’s unique and expressive dialect. The Complete Patter , first published in 1986, has become a cult classic and achieved best-seller status. He has worked as a lexicographer with Collins and is now a

  • Neil Munro
    Neil Munro

    Neil Munro (1863–1930) was a journalist, newspaper editor, poet, author and literary critic, born in Inveraray. Although a serious writer of poetry, non-fiction, short stories such as Jaunty Jock and Other Stories and The Lost Pibroch , and novels including Children of the

  • Alexander Murdoch
    Alexander Murdoch

    Alexander Murdoch is Senior Lecturer in Scottish History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Muriel Spark
    Muriel Spark

    Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh in 1918. A poet, essayist, biographer and novelist, she won much international praise, including being twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The Times placed her eighth in its list of the Fifty Greatest British Writers Since 1945. She died in Tuscany in

  • Andrew Murray Scott
    Andrew Murray Scott

    Andrew Murray Scott was brought up in Angus and now lives at Broughty Ferry with his wife Frances, a librarian. A writer since the 1970s, Andrew is the author of four novels and ten non-fiction books including the biography, Bonnie Dundee first published by John Donald in 1989 and reprinted by

  • Chic Murray
    Chic Murray

    Chic Murray is universally acclaimed as one of the great comic geniuses of the twentieth century. Born in Greenock in 1919, he rose through entertainment's ranks and performed, in 1956, in the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium. He appeared in films such as Casino Royale (1967),

  • Donald S. Murray
    Donald S. Murray

    Donald S. Murray was born in Ness in the Isle of Lewis. An author and journalist, his poetry, prose and verse has been shortlisted for both the Saltire Award and Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. Published widely, his work has also appeared in a number of national anthologies and on BBC Radio 4 and

  • Isobel Murray
    Isobel Murray

    Isobel Murray is a respected academic and critic who spent much of her career at the University of Aberdeen where she was Professor of English. Her work includes definitive editions of Wilde, a critical biography of Jessie Kesson (which won the Saltire Award) and three volumes of interviews,

  • Jock Murray
    Jock Murray

    Jock Murray was born in Lewis in 1940, and returned there after his retirement from the Metropolitan police.

  • W H Murray
    W H Murray

    Born in Liverpool in 1913 and educated at Glasgow Academy, W. H. Murray was then employed by the Union Bank of Scotland. During the thirties he discovered his love for the Scottish mountains. It was when he was captured in the Second World War that he first began to write, but his manuscript was