Hugh MacDiarmid

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Date of Birth August 11, 1892
Place of Birth Scotland
Date of Death Sep 9, 1978 (86)
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Hugh MacDiarmid

Christopher Murray Grieve, best known by his pen name Hugh MacDiarmid, was a Scottish poet, journalist, essayist and political figure. He is considered one of the principal forces behind the Scottish Renaissance and has had a lasting impact on Scottish culture and politics. Grieve's earliest work, including Annals of the Five Senses, was written in English, but he is best known for his use of "synthetic Scots", a literary version of the Scots language that he himself developed. From the early 1930s onwards MacDiarmid made greater use of English, sometimes a "synthetic English" that was supplemented by scientific and technical vocabularies. The son of a postman, MacDiarmid was born in the Scottish border town of Langholm, Dumfriesshire. He was educated at Langholm Academy before becoming a teacher for a brief time at Broughton Higher Grade School in Edinburgh.

Born: Christopher Murray Grieve, 11 August 1892, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Died: September 9, 1978, Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation: Poet
Literary movement: Scottish Renaissance

About Hugh MacDiarmid

Modernist poet associated with the Scottish Renaissance and known for a long poem entitled "A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle." He published his debut work, Annals of the Five Senses, in 1923.

Before Fame

He served in World War I as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps.


He belonged to the Communist Party of Great Britain and also helped to found the National Party of Scotland.

Family Life

He married after World War I and earned a living as a journalist.


He was the literary mentor and friend of author Alan Bold.

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