Greetings to my Stirling University friends, past and present.

I believe that I was the first person in Scotland to be accepted by a university without formal qualifications when I entered Stirling University as one of its first students in 1967, at the age of 25, with letters of recommendation from Scottish writers because I had published poetry as a young man on the Isle of Mull.  

I graduated from Stirling in 1971 with 1st Class Honours in English, and was awarded a scholarship for Advanced Study in the Arts at Glasgow University, when I graduated with a doctorate (a 130,000 word thesis on Sir Walter Scott, a length which would not be permitted nowadays). I was for a time Head of English at Merchiston Castle, the boysā€™ boarding school in Edinburgh before I went into journalism and broadcasting as a senior researcher and scriptwriter, working in both the Gaelic and English departments of BBC Scotland, years of intense fulfilment, education, and steadfast friends. I have published poetry, short stories, novels, and factual books.

ā€ŒI live in St Andrews with my wife Mary, who I was blessed to meet at Stirling in September 1967 as a vivacious 19 year old redhead, a Biology graduate and expert proof-reader of my writing.

God Willing, we will be at the 50th anniversary celebrations at Stirling, when we look forward to meeting old friends and sharing memories. 

Lorn MacIntyre
BA English, 1971

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