Author Biographies

Ian Maclaren (1850–1907) was the pseudonym of the Reverend John Watson, a Church of Scotland minister. Though born in Essex, he studied at Edinburgh University and served as a minister in rural Perthshire, Glasgow and Liverpool. His ‘romantic’ stories of Scottish rural life in the ‘Kailyard’ style were hugely popular. His first book, Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush was published in 1894 and sold over 700,000 copies. He lectured at Yale University and whilst travelling in the US in 1907 he contracted tonsillitis and died from a subsequent bout of blood poisoning.
S.R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett (1859–1914) was a Scottish novelist born in Kirkcudbrightshire and won a bursary to Edinburgh University in 1876. After some time travelling, he became a minister of the Free Church in 1886, the year of his first publication, but gave up the ministry in 1895 to write full-time. The ‘Kailyard’ school of writing resonated with Crockett and he penned a series of popular novels featuring the history of Scotland and his native Galloway. A friend and correspondent of R.L. Stevenson, his books sold in large numbers, but his later work has been criticised for being overly sentimental.  He died in France in 1914 before the outbreak of the First World War.
Gabriel Setoun (1861–1930) was the pseudonym of Thomas Nicoll Hepburn, a poet and author. He was born in West Wemyss in Fife, and was for the most part better known as a poet. He was also the author of several novels written in the ‘Kailyard’ style which was popular at the time. He also wrote an acclaimed biography of Robert Burns. Hepburn died in London in 1930.
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