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Sorley Maclean


Sorley Maclean

Sorley Maclean

Sorley Maclean, Somhairle MacGill-Eain, was born on the 26th of October 1911, at Osgaig on the island of Raasay. He was educated at the secondary school in Portree, Skye, and between 1929 and 1933 he attended the University of Edinburgh, where he read English. After graduating with first-class honours he taught in Skye, Mull and Edinburgh and he also started writing poetry; he became a friend of Hugh MacDiarmid , who was at that time living in Whalsay, Shetland. During World War II MacGill-Eain served with the Signals Corps in North Africa and was seriously wounded at the Battle of El Alamein in 1943. Between then and 1956 he was a schoolmaster in Edinburgh and from then until his retirement in 1972 he was headmaster of Plockton Secondary School in Wester Ross. Sorley Maclean died in Scotland on the 24th November 1996. He was one of the most significant Scottish poets of the 20th century.

"No words can be put on beauty ,no picture words or poem made for it".

Cha chuirear briathran air boidhche, Cha deanar dealbh no ceol no dan dhi.


Extract from the poem Screapadal by Sorley MacLean.

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