march 2018 andrew lang
Andrew Lang grew up in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. He studied at St Andrews University and Baliol College, Oxford. He worked in London as a journalist. He is perhaps best known for his twelve ‘Fairy Books’ which were a collaboration with his wife. He collected recorded stories from Britain and abroad, countering the prevalent belief that fairy stories were bad for children. He also wrote novels, literary criticism, articles and poetry including A Short History of Scotland. His last book Highways and Byways of the Border was unfinished at his death and was completed by his wife. He is buried within the precincts of St Andrews Cathedral.