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CodeNA8944
Dates1914-1969
Person NameMaxwell; Gavin (1914-1969); writer and naturalist
SurnameMaxwell
ForenamesGavin
Epithetwriter and naturalist
ActivityGavin Maxwell (1914-1969), writer and naturalist was born in Elrig, near Monteith in Dumfries and Galloway in 1914, the youngest son of Sir Herbert Maxwell. He was educated at Stowe School and the University of Oxford. He served in the Scots guard during World War II. In 1945 he bought the island of Soay in order to establish a shark fishery there. He was interested in the natural world and accompanied Ernest Thesiger, Arabian explorer, on an expedition. He wrote about his childhood and his life with otters and is best known for 'Ring of Bright Water' (1960). He died in Inverness in 1969. He and his famous otter Edal are buried at Sandaig, an archipelago of islands south of Glenelg.
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