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Norman MacCaig 1910-
Born in Edinburgh.
Poet, Novelist, Editor

  • 1943 - "Far Cry"
  • 1946 - "The Inward Eye"
  • 1955 - "Riding Lights"
  • 1957 - "The Sinai Sort"
  • 1960 - "A Common Grace"
  • 1965 - "Measures"
  • 1968 - "Rings on a Tree"
  • 1969 - "A Man in My Position"
  • 1970 - "Contemporary Scottish Verse" - edited with Alexander Scott
  • 1971 - "Selected Poems"

John MacCodrum
Gaelic Poet

  • Elegy for Sir James MacDonald of Sleat
  • Was also a writer of satirical and humorous verse

Hugh MacDiarmid (Christopher Murray Grieve) 1892-1978
Born in Langholm.
Poet, Journalist, Editor

  • 1925 - "Sangschaw" - the lyrics of Hugh MacDiarmid
  • 1926 - "Penny Wheep", "A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle"
  • 1930 - "To Circumjack Cencrastus"
  • 1932 - "Scots Unbound"
  • 1934 - "Stony Limits"
  • 1935 - "Second Hymn to Lenin"
  • 1947 - "A Kist of Whistles"
  • 1955 - "In Memoriam James Joyce"

George MacDonald 1824-1905
Born in Huntly. Died in Ashtead, Surrey
Poet, Novelist

  • 1855 - "Within and Without" - a poetic tragedy
  • 1858 - "Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women"
  • 1895 - "Lilith"
  • 1871 - "At the Back of the North Wind"
  • 1872 - "The Princess and the Goblin" - considered his best work
  • 1873 - "The Princess and Curdie"

Robert Mackay (Rob Donn) 1714-78
Gaelic Poet

  • Was a writer of satirical and humorous verse

Sir Edward Montague Compton Mackenzie 1883-1972
Born in West Hartlepool. Died in Edinburgh
Novelist, Biographer, Playwright


    Novels
  • 1912 - "Carnival"
  • 1913-14 - "Sinister Street"
  • 1919 - "Poor Relations"
  • 1921 - "Rich Relatives"
  • 1927 - "Vestal Fire"
  • 1928 - "Extraordinary Women"
  • 1932 - "Greek Memories"
  • 1933 - "Water on the Brain"
  • 1941 - "The Monarch of the Glen"
  • 1947 - "Whisky Galore" - made into a film
    Plays
  • 1906 - "The Gentleman in Grey"
  • 1920 - "Columbine"
  • 1931 - "The Lost Cause"
    Memoirs
  • 1963 - "My Life and Times: Octave One"
  • 1971 - "My Life and Times: Octave Ten"

Henry Mackenzie 1745-1831
Born in Edinburgh. Died in Edinburgh
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Editor

  • 1771 - "The Man of Feeling" - his best work
  • 1773 - "The Man of the World"
  • 1777 - "Julia de Roubigne"

Alistair MacLean ("Ian Stuart") 1922-1987
Born in Glasgow. Died in Munich, Germany
Novelist, Short Story Writer, Screen Playwright, Biographer

    As Ian Stuart:
  • 1960 - "Dark Crusader"
  • 1961 - "Satan Bug" - made into a film
    As Alistair MacLean
  • 1954 - "The Dileas" - a short story
  • "HMS Ulysses" - his most successful
  • "Guns of Navarone" - made into a film
  • "South by Java Head" - made into a film
  • "Where Eagles Dare" - a screenplay, made into a film.
  • "Breakheart Pass" - a film
  • "Heritage Tower" - a film
  • 1972 - "Biography of Captain Cook"

Mary MacLeod 1615-1706
Born in Rowdil, Harris. Died in Dunvegan, Skye
Gaelic Poet. A writer of moving, emotional and melodic poetry of the Gaels

James MacPherson 1736-1796
Born in Ruthven, Inverness. Died in Belville, Inverness
Poet

  • 1758 - "The Highlander"
  • 1760 - "Fragments of Ancient Poetry" - translated from the Gallic or Erse language
  • 1762 - "Fingal"
  • 1763 - "Temora"

Gavin Maxwell 1914-1969
Born in Wigtown. Died in Inverness
Poet, Novelist, Biographer, Journalist

  • 1952 - "Harpoon at a Venture"
  • 1956 - "God Protect me From my Friends"
  • 1959 - "The Pains of Death"
  • 1958 - "A Reed Shaken by the Wind"
  • 1960 - "Ring of Bright Water" - made into a film
  • 1963 - "The Rocks Remain"

William Topaz McGonagall 1825-1902
Born in Edinburgh. Died in Edinburgh
Poet (reputed to be the worst poet in the world)

  • "Adventures of King Robert the Bruce"
  • "An Address to the New Tay Bridge"
  • "An Autumn Reverie"
  • "An Ode to the Queen"
  • "Edinburgh"
  • "Forget-Me-Not"
  • "Glasgow"
  • "Jottings of New York"
  • "Loch Leven"
  • "Robert Burns"
  • "Saving a Train"
  • "The Battle of Bannockburn"
  • "The Burial of the Reverend Gilfillan"
  • "The Famous Tay Whale"
  • "The Moon"
  • "The Newport Railway"
  • "The Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay"
  • "The Rattling Boy from Dublin"
  • "The Tay Bridge Disaster"
  • "To the Reverend George Gilfillan"

Alexander McLachlan 1818-1896
Born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. Died in Ontario, Canada
Poet - known as "The Burns of Canada"

  • 1900 - "The Poetical works of Alexander McLachlan" - published posthumously

Robert McLellan 1907-1985
Born in Linmill, Lanarkshire. Died in Arran
Playwright, Poet

  • 1933 - "Jeddart Justice"
  • 1934 - "Tarfessock", "The Changeling"
  • 1935 - "Cian and Eithne"
  • 1936 - "Toon Byres"
  • 1937 - "Jamie the Saxt"
  • 1939 - "Portrait of an Artist"
  • 1946 - "Torwatletie"
  • 1947 - "The Flouers o' Edinburgh", "The Carlin Moth"
  • 1948 - "The Cailleach"
  • 1949 - "The Smuggler"
  • 1951 - "Mary Stewart"
  • 1954 - "The Road to the Isles"
  • 1956 - "Sweet Largie Bay"
  • 1962 - "Young Auchinleck"
  • 1965 - "Arran Burn"
  • 1967 - "The Hypocrite"
  • 1977 - "Linmill and Other Stories"
  • 1981 - "Collected Plays"

Hugh Miller 1802-1856
Born in Cromarty. Died in Edinburgh
Geological Writer, Newspaper Editor

  • 1841 - "The Old Red Sandstone"
  • 1849 - "Footprints of the Creator"

Alexander Montgomerie c1545-c1611
Makaris Poet

  • 1597 - "The Cherrie and the Slaye"
  • 1621 - "The Flytting Betwixt Montgomerie and Polwart"

Edwin Muir 1887-1959
Born in Deerness, Orkney. Died in Cambridge
Poet, Novelist, Translator

  • 1924 - "Latitudes"
  • 1927 - "Transition", "The Marionette"
  • 1946 - "The Voyage"
  • 1949 - "The Labyrinth"
  • 1954 - "Autobiography"
  • 1960 - "Collected Poems" - published posthumously

Neil Munro ("Hugh Foulis") 1864-1930
Born in Inverary. Died in Helensburgh
Journalist, Playwright, Novelist, Poet

  • 1896 - "The Lost Pibroch"
  • 1898 - "John Splendid"
  • 1899 - "Gillian the Dreamer"
  • 1902 - "Doom Castle"
  • 1901 - "The Shoes of Fortune"
  • 1903 - "Children of Tempest"
  • 1904 - "Erchie, my Droll Friend"
  • 1906 - "The Vital Spark"
  • 1907 - "The Clyde, River and Firth", "The Daft Days"
  • 1910 - "Fancy Farm"
  • 1911 - "In Highland Harbours with Para Handy"
  • 1912 - "Ayrshire Idylls"
  • 1914 - "The New Road" - accepted as his best known work
  • 1917 - "Jimmy Swan, the Joy Traveller"
  • 1918 - "Jaunty Jock"
  • 1920 - "The 51st Highland Division"
  • 1923 - "Hurricane Jack"
  • 1928 - "History of the Royal Bank of Scotland"
  • 1923 - "Para Handy and Other Tales"
  • 1931 - "The Brave Days", "Poetry", edited by J. Buchan - both published posthumously
  • 1933 - "The Pirate Ship", "The Looker-On" - both published posthumously

Charles Murray 1864-1941
Born in Alford, Aberdeenshire. Died in Banchory, Kincardineshire
Poet (in the "Doric" style)

  • 1900 - "Hamewith"
  • 1942 - Poems published posthumously by The Charles Murray Memorial Trust


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