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CodeNA9143
Dates1912-
Person NameMacdonald; Callum (1912-); literary publisher
SurnameMacdonald
ForenamesCallum
Epithetliterary publisher
ActivityCallum Macdonald (b 1912), literary publisher, was born in Breaclete on the island of Bernera, off the west coast of Lewis in May 1912, the son of Murdo Macdonald (1873-1951) and Mary Ann Macdonald nee Maclean (b 1879). He was educated at the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, and at the University of Edinburgh, where he studied history, 1931-1935. He married Winnie Ross (d 1986) on 21 June 1934 in Edinburgh. They lived in London 1935-1939, where Callum established an agency for marketing lobsters on behalf of the Bernera fishermen. During the Second World War, he served with the RAF 1939-1947 and became Squadron Leader. He returned to Edinburgh to set up a business as a newsagent and stationer and subsequently became a printer and publisher. In 1947 he opened a bookshop in Marchmont Road, Edinburgh. In 1953 he took over the printing of 'Lines' Scottish poetry review, founded by Alan Riddell (b 1927). in 1957 the business was moved first to West Nicolson Street and then to Richmond Lane, Edinburgh. He also published works by his friends Robert Garioch (1909-1981) and Sydney Goodsir Smith (1915-1975). In 1968 the business moved to Loanhead, Midlothian. In 1972 he was presented with the Scottish Arts Council Award in recognition of services to Scottish Literature and in 1977 was awarded a Silver Jubilee Medal. From 1978 Macdonald Printers (Edinburgh) Ltd have published Gaelic poetry and prose. He retired in 1982 and in that year received an honourary membership of the Scottish Library Association in recognition of his service to librarianship and to the library profession. He became chairman of the company in 1986. Winnie Macdonald died in July 1986.
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