- Category : 1911-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 1
Scottish Canadian novelist. in 1931, he was commissioned in the Black Watch regiment, serving with the foreign battalion in India and Sudan (1932–38) and in Canada (1938–39) as aide-de-camp to Governor-General Lord Tweedsmuir, the novelist John Buchan. Captured by the Germans at St. Valery in June 1940, he spent nearly 5 years in prisoner of war camps, escaping 3 times, on each occasion reaching the outside only to be recaptured. While interned at Colditz Castle, he began to write poetry.
In 1948 he emigrated to Canada. He enjoyed a long and successful career which included the publication of approximately 100 short stories and 20 books. His novels The Pillar, about a prisoner of war camp, and Digby, a Scottish highlands story, won the Governor General's award for fiction for 1952 and 1953 respectively. Several of his books, including Geordie, made into a motion picture in 1955, were set in his native Scotland, while Mallabec and Pirate Rock were set in his adopted home province of New Brunswick.