Author Biographies

A war poet and officer in the Seaforth Highlanders, Ewart Alan Mackintosh is widely recognised as one of Scotland’s finest war poets. He first served on the Western Front in July 1915, and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry at the Somme. Mackintosh was killed at the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. His poetry has been ranked alongside Rupert Brooke and the 90th anniversary of his death was commemorated in a ceremony in France.
Born in Aberdeen, Charles Hamilton Sorley was a Scottish poet. His love of running was evident in his pre-war poems. He volunteered for military service and joined the Suffolk Regiment. He was killed in action near the Battle of Loos on 13 October 1915. His work was published posthumously in 1916 to critical acclaim. Sorley was regarded by Poet Laureate John Masefield as the greatest loss of all the poets killed during the First World War.
Born in Dufftown where she spent most of her life, Mary Symon wrote her first poem aged 11. Her poems were published individually and then collected in 1933 in Deveron Days – her only book. Her most acclaimed work was her war poetry, dealing with the suffering of both those at the Front and the bereavement of those at home. She died in Dufftown in 1938.
 
Born in Alford in the north east of Scotland, Charles Murray wrote mainly in the Doric dialect. He wrote much of his poetry while working as a civil engineer in South Africa.  He served in both the Second Boer War and the First World War and published his first collection in 1917. He retired to Banchory close to where he was brought up and died there in 1941.
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