Person NameGunn; Neil Miller (1891-1973); novelist
ForenamesNeil Miller
ActivityNeil Miller Gunn (1891-1973) ['Dane McNeill'], novelist, was born on 8 November 1891 in Dunbeath, Caithness, the son of a fisherman. He was educated at the village school and by his sister at St John's Town of Dalry in Galloway. In 1907 he entered the Civil Service and moved to London. In 1909 following promotion he moved to Edinburgh. In December 1911 he was appointed Customs and Excise officer, based at Inverness. While working as a distillery office he met the Irish novelist Maurice Walsh (1874-1964) with whom he struck up a lifelong friendship. During the First World War, Gunn continued to work as an Excise officer at Kinlochleven, Argyllshire and it was there that he started to write poems and short stories for 'The Apple Tree' a small literary magazine based in London. He married in 1921 and moved first to Wigan, Lancashire, and then to Lybster, Caithness before settling in Inverness. He contributed to 'Chambers Journal', 'Cornhill Magazine' and 'Northern Review. In 1926 he published his first novel 'Grey Coast'. In 1937 became a full time writer. In 1949 he published remembrances of Highland life under the name 'Dane McNeill'. He wrote numerous novels, short stories, plays and scripts for documentaries and radio. He died on 15 January 1973.
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