John Buchan’s granddaughter to read his works at university’s tribute to Great War

By Ian Marland at

The granddaughter of Scots writer John Buchan is taking part in a literary event in the West End.

Lady Deborah Stewartby will read from his works as part of an evening of readings by writers and academics.

‘This World that We Seem to Inherit’: Readings and Music for Remembrance is at the University of Glasgow’s Memorial Chapel.

John Buchand memorial chapel

Remembrance: readings of the works of poets and authors of the Great War

The event is on Wednesday November 15 at 6pm. All are welcome.

The evening promises a selection of First World War writing from Scottish authors and poets in the stunning chapel.

Readers will include the University of Glasgow’s Alan Riach and Zoe Strachan, alongside David Goldie and David Kinloch of the University of Strathclyde.

Buchan’s brother Alistair died in the Great War at the Battle of Arras.

The University’s connection with the First World War Buchan family lives on through the Alistair Buchan Prize which is still awarded for the best poem on a prescribed subject.


In additon to John Buchan, there will be readings from the works of Edwin Morgan, J. Macdougall Hay and Hugh MacDiarmid.

Other writers include Violet Jacob, Marion Angus, Ramsay MacDonald, Joseph Lee and Lewis Grassic Gibbon, from whose classic novel Sunset Song the title of the event This World that We Seem to Inherit is taken.

Music includes short pieces by Ronald Stevenson, Cecil Coles and John Blackwood McEwen.

The University Memorial Chapel was designed by Sir John Burnet and opened in 1929.

It is a place of worship and a memorial to the University’s 755 Great War dead.

The event is free but for those who are able to, or wish to contribute, a collection will be made to support the work of Erskine who have been caring for veterans since 1916.

All are welcome. Doors open at 6pm.

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