Alexander Munro

George Macdonald, 1824 - 1905. Poet and novelist

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The poet and novelist George MacDonald was born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, and was the son of a farmer. He became a Congregationalist minister, but was obliged to relinquish his parish on account of his unorthodox views, preaching that there was no damnation of sinners. He turned to writing poetry and novels to provide for his large family. A 'master myth-maker', he is best known for his books for children. The art critic John Ruskin, a friend of MacDonald, described him as 'a thin, dark Highlander, with some expression of gloom on his features when at rest, but with quite the sweetest smile for his friends that I have ever seen ...He was zealous in the Scotch Evangelical Faith, and wholly true and upright in it.'

Alexander Munro

Alexander Munro