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Biography of John Buchan

John Buchan
John Buchan

The novelist John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (1875-1940) studied at the University during the 1890s and published poetry and essays in the Glasgow University Magazine. He was awarded an LLD in 1919 and was MP for the Scottish Universities, 1927 to 1935.

The son of a Free Church minister, Buchan was a pupil of Hutcheson's Grammar School and in 1892 won a John Clark Bursary to study at the University. He was said to have been deeply influenced by the teaching of Gilbert Murray and Henry Jones, but he did not graduate. In 1895 he left the University with a scholarship to study at Brasenose College, Oxford.

Buchan became a famous novelist, barrister and Unionist MP. In 1935 he was created Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield and appointed Governor-General of Canada.

For more information on Buchan's life and career, see his entry on the University's Roll of Honour website.


John Buchan

Born 26 August 1875, Perth, Scotland.
Died 11 February 1940.
GU Degree: LLD, 1919;
University Link: Alumnus, Honorary Graduate
Occupation categories: diplomats; lawyers; novelists; politicians
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P142665
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Record last updated: 14th May 2013

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland
Place of Birth

Canada Canada, Ottawa
Place of Death

England England, Oxfordshire, Elsfield

University Connections

University Roles

  • Alumnus
  • Honorary Graduate