Person NameMacMillan; Archibald (1843-1905); Author
ActivityArchibald MacMillan was born in 1843 in Greenock. He was the son of a prosperous merchant but both his parents died before he was fourteen years old. He began work as a clerk and became successful as a commission agent. He lived with his wife and family in Saltcoats while commuting into Glasgow to work. He had always loved reading stories in the vernacular such as the work of Mansie Waugh, the Ettrick Shepherd and Tammas Bodkin. He had written columns for a number of local papers such as the ‘Ardrossan Herald’, and began to write stories about a worthy coal merchant, a douce elder, colonel and provost of Strathbungo. In the first story, 'The Caars', he gave the character no name nor did he sign the manuscript. The editor assigned one, Jeems Kaye, the name of a Glasgow worthy, a printer.
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