Person NameLinklater; Eric Robert Russell (1899-1974); novelist
ForenamesEric Robert Russell
ActivityEric Robert Russell Linklater (1899-1974), novelist, was born on 8 March 1899 in Penarth, Wales, the son of Robert Linklater of Dounby, Orkney. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, and studied English and medicine at Aberdeen University. He was awarded an MA, 1925, an LLD, 1946 and a CBE, 1954. During the First World War Linklater served in the Black Watch as a private and he later wrote 'Fanfare for a Tin Hat' (1970), based on those experiences. Linklater was assistant editor of 'The Times of India', Bombay, 1925-1927 and assistant to the Professor of English Literature, Aberdeen, 1927-1928. He went to America as a Commonwealth Fellow, 1928-1930 and then began his career as a writer. He married Marjorie MacIntyre in 1933 and they had four children. After service in the Second World War he was Rector of Aberdeen University, 1945-1948 and Deputy Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, 1968-1973. Linklater's first novel, 'White Maa's Saga' (1929), was set in Orkney and he continued to write prolifically throughout his life, producing novels, short stories, poetry, and plays. Most of his writings have a reference to Orkney or Scotland, and many speak of fighting men and their lives. In both fiction and autobiography his prose was elegant and amusing, while he was still more than capable of telling a ‘good yarn’. He died on 7 November 1974 in Aberdeen.
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