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CodeNA9829
Dates1883-1972
Person NameMackenzie; Sir; Edward M Compton (1883-1972); Author
SurnameMackenzie
ForenamesEdward M Compton
PreTitleSir
EpithetAuthor
ActivityEdward Compton was born in 1883, the son of writers of Scottish descent but in West Hartlepool. He studied at Oxford and initially intended to become a barrister, but soon gave it up to become a writer of plays and novels: he met with immediate favour. He served with the Royal Navy and with military intelligence in the First World War, and used his experiences for further writings. Ten years after the war he moved to the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, and continued to work as a journalist and author. His work had a strong Scottish background and reflected his Nationalist sympathies. It was only in the 1940s and 1950s that he turned to comic writing, producing Whisky Galore and Monarch of the Glen for which he is best known today. He was knighted in 1952, and died in Edinburgh in 1972.
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