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Sir Alexander Gray (1882-1968) - Poet

He was born on 6th January 1882 in Dundee and was educated at the High School there and at the universities of Edinburgh, Gottingen and Paris. Between 1905 and 1921 he worked in various departments of the Civil Service before being appointed Professor of Political Economy at the University of Aberdeen, a post he held until 1934, when he took up a similar appointment at the University of Edinburgh; in 1956 he became Emeritus Professor of Political Economy. Gray held a number of posts in public bodies and government commissions, including the Schools Broadcasting Council and the Fullbright Commission. As a poet he is best known for his often anthologized 'Scotland', which is in English, though much of his early work was written in the dialect of Mearns in the north-east. He died on 17th February 1968 in Edinburgh.

Works Include: The Scottish Staple at Veer (1909); trans., Richard Grelling, J'accuse (1915); The True Pastime, The Upright Sheaf, The New Leviathan (1915) [pamphlets on World War I]; trans., Richard Grelling, Der Verbrechen, as The Crime (1917); trans., Richard Grelling, Belgische Aktenstiicke, as Belgian Documents (1919); Songs and Ballads Chiefly from Heine (1920); Some Aspects of National Health Insurance (1923); Any Man's Life (1924); Poems (1925); Family Endowment (1927); Gossip(l928); Songs from Heine (1928); The Development of Economic Doctrine (1931); Arrows (1932); Robert Bums: an Address (1944); The Socialist Tradition (1946).

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