Person NameMitchell; James Leslie (1901-1935); author
ForenamesJames Leslie
ActivityJames Leslie Mitchell ['Lewis Grassic Gibbon'] (1901-1935) was born in Auchterless, Aberdeenshire on 13 February 1901, the son of a farmer. When Mitchell was 8 years old the family moved to the Howe of the Mearns, which became the setting of his trilogy 'A Scots Quair' (London, 1937). He began writing whilst at Arbuthnott village school and the schoolmaster, Alexander Gray, collected his early essays which are published as 'A Scots Hairst' (1969). In 1916 he went to Mackie Academy, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire and in 1917 became a junior reporter in Aberdeen. In 1919 he moved to Glasgow and became a journalist with 'Scottish Farmer'. Following dismissal from his job he served with the Royal Army Service Corps from 1919-1923 in the Middle East, Mesopotamia, Palestine and Egypt. From 1923 to 1929 he served with the Royal Air Force. He died in Welwyn Garden City in 1935.
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