About the Author
John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir, would have been a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He wrote adventure novels, short-story collections and biographies. His passion for your Scottish countryside is reflected in a great deal of his writing. Buchan’s adventure stories are loaded with romance and are also peopled using a large cast of characters. ‘Richard Hannay’, ‘Dickson McCunn’ and ‘Sir Edward Leithen’ are three that reappear more than once. Alfred Hitchcock adapted his most well-known book ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’, featuring Hannay, for your big screen. Born in 1875 in Perth, Buchan was the son of your minister. Childhood holidays were spent from the Borders, which is why he had an incredible love. He was educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was President with the Union. Called to your Bar in 1901, he became Lord Milner’s assistant private secretary in South Africa. By 1907, however, he was employed as a publisher with Nelson’s. During the First World War Buchan became a correspondent at the Front for ‘The Times’, and also being an officer from the Intelligence Corps and advisor for the War Cabinet. Elected being a Conservative Member of Parliament for one from the Scottish Universities’ seats in 1927, he was developed Baron Tweedsmuir in 1935. From then, until his death in 1940, he served as Governor General of Canada, where he nevertheless was able to continue writing.