|George Mackay Brown is buried in the Warbeth
Kirkyard, (overlooking Hoy Sound) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland.
Grave of George Mackay Brown
With the exception of a few
years spent as a student in Edinburgh and Midlothian - Mackay Brown spent
his entire life on Orkney island. (Orkney lies off the north coast of Scotland).
A severe bout of measles at the age of 12 weakened his lungs and
through out his life he suffered from respiratory problems.
In 1950 - while on an adult education course at Newbattle
Abbey College he encountered Edwin Muir - a fellow poet and Orcadian -
who encouraged him to write poetry.
Mackay Brown's first collection of poetry The Storm appeared in 1954
and was followed in 1959 by Loaves and Fishes and in 1969 by
The Year of the Whale. His final collection Following a Lark
- from which his epitaph is taken - appeared in