Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972), Writer
Sir (Edward Montague Anthony) Compton Mackenzie
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Born in West Hartlepool, Cleveland, Mackenzie was educated at St Paul's School and Magdalen College, Oxford. His first novel was published in 1911, followed by Carnival (1912) and his semi-autobiographical Sinister Street (1913-14) whose hero is 'handicapped by a public school and university education.' His directorship of the Aegean intelligence service in Syra (Siros) during the First World War is recounted in Extremes Meet (1928). By 1933 Mackenzie was living on the Scottish island of Barra and had become a founder member of the National Party of Scotland (1928). His flamboyant character and novels like Whisky Galore (1947) established him as one of Scotland's best-loved authors.