Take ‘the thirty-nine steps’ to the Mitchell Library for John Buchan lecture

As part of the lecture series programme to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Chair of Scottish History and Literature at the University of Glasgow, the Centre for Scottish and Gaelic Studies this week presents a public lecture on “The Roots that Clutch; John Buchan, Glasgow and Scottish Fiction” by Professor Douglas Gifford, Emeritus Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and the first holder of the Chair of Scottish Literature at Glasgow (1995).

John Buchan, the famous Scottish novelist, barrister, Unionist MP, and 15th Governor General of Canada (1935-40), was a student of Classics at the University of Glasgow from 1892-1895.

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In his lecture, Professor Gifford will chart Buchan’s journey as a writer, which by all accounts began with his time as an undergraduate student at the University, where he published poetry and essays in the Glasgow University Magazine. Buchan was said to have been deeply influenced by the teaching of Gilbert Murray, Professor of Greek, and Henry Jones, Professor of Moral Philosophy.  Buchan did not graduate, but in 1895 he left the University with a scholarship to study at Brasenose College, Oxford. And in 1919, he was awarded an honorary LLD by the University of Glasgow.

For more on Buchan’s career as a novelist, here are the details for Professor Gifford’s lecture:

Mitchell Library on Thursday 25 April 2013, starting at 6pm in the Jeffrey Room.

Whilst the event is free, pre-registration is required. To register online and find about more lectures in the series, please visit: http://glasgowinscottishhistoryandliterature.eventbrite.com

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