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  • JOHN BUCHAN (1875-1940)

      - Greenmantle
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      - The Thirty-Nine steps

        John Buchan was born in Perth, the son of a Free Church of Scotland minister. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Fife, then the Gorbals in Glasgow. He received his higher education at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford. During his studies at Oxford, he published five books and many articles. After college he pursued as successful career as a barrister, Member of Parliament, writer, soldier and publisher. His biography is chronicled, to some degree, in Memory Hold the Door, also known as Pilgrim's Way. Click here for a pointer to an article which reviews Buchan's life as one of a man of action versus a man of letters.
        In 1907, he married Susan Grosvenor. It was a happy marriage resulting in one daughter and three sons. He became Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield in 1935 and the thirty fifth Governor General of Canada, which position he held until his death in 1940.


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