Person NameMacGill-Eain; Somhairle (1911-1996); poet
ActivitySomhairle MacGill-Eain ['Sorley Maclean'] (b 1911), poet, was born on 26 October 1911 at Osgaig on the island of Raasay. He was educated in Portree, Skye, and the University of Edinburgh from 1929 and 1933 where he studied English. Following graduation, he taught in Skye, Mull and Edinburgh and also began to write Gaelic poetry. He became a friend of Christopher Murray Grieve ['Hugh MacDiarmid'], poet. During the Second World War (1939-1945) he served with the Signals Corps in North Africa and was seriously wounded at the battle of El Alamein in 1943. From 1943 to 1956 he was a school teacher in Edinburgh and from 1956 to his retirement in 1972 he was headmaster of Plockton Secondary School in Wester Ross. His first poems were published in 1940.
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