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William Power (1873-1951) - Journalist

He was born on 30th August 1875 in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of a shipmaster. He was educated in Glasgow and became a bank clerk in 1907, a post he held for only a short time; he then became a journalist with the Glasgow Herald, where he remained until 1926, latterly as its literary editor. From then until his death on 13 June 1951, Power worked as an author and freelance journalist. Between 1935 and 1938 he was President of the Scottish PEN Club. He contested the Argyll parliamentary constituency unsuccessfully in 1940 as a Scottish Nationalist. Power's knowledge of Scotland and his fascination with its topography and history are reflected in his principal publications: Robert BURNs and Other Essays and Sketches (1926), Scotland and the Scots (1935), Literature and Oatmeal (1935) and Should Auld Acquaintance (1937). He was an early supporter of Hugh MacDiarmid who dedicated to him his collection, First Hymn to Lenin and Other Poems. (1931).

Works: Prince Charlie (1912); The World Unvisited (1922); Robert Bums and Other Essays and Sketches (1926); My Scotland (1934); Literature and Oatmeal (1935); Scotland and the Scots (1935); SHOULD Auld Acquaintance (1937); The Face of Glasgow (1938); The face of Edinburgh (1939); A Kelvingrove Jubilee (1952).

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