Gibbon, Lewis Grassic

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Gibbon, Lewis Grassic Gender: M
James Leslie Mitchell
born on 13 February 1901 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Auchterless, Scotland, 57n2739, 2w2903
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 24°07' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 13°34 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 02°51'

Lewis Grassic Gibbon


Scottish writer best known for his trilogy A Scots Quair (1932-1934), set in the north-east of Scotland in early years of the 20th century.

He started out as a journalist at the age of 16, but was fired for fiddling his expenses. After a spell in military service, he settled in England in 1925, and became a full-time writer in 1929. His trilogy, A Scots Quair, and in particular its first book Sunset Song, brought him to attention. A Scots Quair, with its combination of stream-of-consciousness and lyrical use of dialect, is considered to be among the defining works of 20th century Scottish Renaissance. All three parts have been turned into serials by BBC Scotland. Additionally, Sunset Song, the first book in the trilogy has been adapted into a film, released in 2015. Spartacus, a 1933 novel set in the famous slave revolt, is his best-known full-length work outside this trilogy.

In 1934 Mitchell collaborated with Hugh MacDiarmid on Scottish Scene which included three of Gibbon's short stories. These were collected posthumously in A Scots Hairst (1969).

He died on 7 February 1935 at age 33 of peritonitis brought on by a perforated ulcer.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 1925 (Rebecca "Ray" Middleton)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released September 1930 (First book "Sunset Song")
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  • Death by Disease 7 February 1935 in Welwyn Garden City (Peritonitis, age 33)
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Source Notes

Paul Wright quotes birth record.

Sy Scholfield cites same data quoted from Edinburgh civil registry in "The relevance of the non-fiction works to the novels of Lewis Grassic Gibbon" by Douglas Young (University of Aberdeen, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 1969), page 11: "James Leslie Mitchell (Lewis Grassic Gibbon) was born at 12 p.m. on 13th February, 1901 at the small Aberdeenshire croft of Hillhead of Segget near Auchterless."

In September 2021 Sy Scholfield provided birth record from National Records of Scotland [1] and upgraded the Rodden Rating to BC/BR in hand.


  • Vocation : Military : Military service
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction