John Buchan, Writer
John Buchan (1875-1940)
John Buchan was born in Perth
and went to the University of Glasgow before coming to Oxford.
When he arrived here in 1895 at the age of twenty he was already a
published author and he continued to write throughout his undergraduate
career. He won both College and
University essay prizes and the University's prestigious Newdigate poetry
prize. He was also President of the
Oxford Union. In spite of all this
extra-curricular activity he achieved a First in 1899.
He pursued widely diverse activities during
his lifetime, not only as a writer but in business, journalism and
administration. He was M.P. for the
Scottish Universities, Lord High Commissioner of the Kirk, and in 1935 he was
appointed Governor General of Canada
and raised to the peerage as Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield.
He is remembered for his fiction, most chiefly for The Thirty-nine Steps, but his other publications included a History of the Great War and a history of his own College.