John Buchan

Scottish author and politician (1875–1940)

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (1875-1940) was a British statesman and writer, today mostly remembered for his fine adventure stories.

The Lord Tweedsmuir

15th Governor General of Canada
In office
2 November 1935 – 11 February 1940
Prime MinisterWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King
Preceded byThe Earl of Bessborough
Succeeded byThe Earl of Athlone
Personal details
John Buchan

(1875-08-26)26 August 1875
Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
Died11 February 1940(1940-02-11) (aged 64)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyScottish Unionist
Susan Grosvenor (m. 1907)
ChildrenAlice, John, William, Alastair
Alma mater

Buchan was educated at the University of Glasgow and Oxford, and began to write and publish stories from his college days. He later qualified as a lawyer and went to South Africa to work there in a government (colonial) job. He later served in many countries as a representative of the British government and was later made Governor-General of Canada. In 1935 the British government honoured him by making him a lord. He died in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1940.

Some of his famous adventure thrillers include Prester John (1910), The Thirty Nine Steps (1915) and Greenmantle (1916). He also wrote some fine historical biographies like Montrose (1928) and Sir Walter Scott (1932).

Honours change

Viceregal styles of
the Lord Tweedsmuir
Reference styleHis Excellency the Right Honourable
Son Excellence le très honorable
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Votre Excellence
Ribbon bars of the Lord Tweedsmuir
Foreign honours
Non-national honours

Honorary military appointments change

Honorary degrees change

Honorific eponyms change

Geographic locations
Coat of arms of John Buchan
A Sunflower proper
Azure a Fess between three Lions' Heads erased Argent
Dexter: a Stag proper attired Or collared Gules; Sinister: a Falcon proper jessed belled and beaked Or armed and collared Gules
Non Inferiora Secutus ("Not following meaner things")

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Material relating to John Buchan, first Lord Tweedsmuir (1875–1940)" (PDF). National Library of Scotland. ACC 12329. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Honorary Degree Recipients 1850 – 2008 (PDF). Toronto: University of Toronto. 30 June 2008. p. 8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Galbraith, William (1989). "Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1939 Royal Visit". Canadian Parliamentary Review. 12 (3). Ottawa: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  4. "Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia > Tweedsmuir Peak". Mountain Equipment Co-op. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
  5. "Find a Walk > The John Buchan Way (Peebles to Broughton)". Walking Scotland. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2009.
  6. "John Buchan Centre". John Buchan Society. Retrieved 26 March 2009.