Papers of Norman Alexander MacCaig, 1910-1996, primary school teacher and poet

Scope and Content

  • Poems (typescript) c1974-1976
  • Correspondence 1981
  • Personal papers c1992
  • Correspondence on literary matters 1980-1992
  • Booklets or poems presented by various authors to MacCaig 1980-1986
  • Typescript collection of poems by Bryan Walters 1984-1985
  • 16 typescript poems, 525 copies of poems, list of 58 poems, with A Daylight Art for Norman MacCaig by Seamus Heaney 1971-1992

Administrative / Biographical History

Norman Alexander MacCaig  (1910-1996 ), poet, was born in Edinburgh and educated at the Royal High School and the  University of Edinburgh where he studied classics. His father was a chemist and his mother was born in Scalpay, Harris, Scotland. MacCaig was a dedicated primary school teacher for almost 40 years. His two anthologies Far Cry (1943 ) and The Inward Eye were said to put him in the New Apocalypse school but he later disowned these poems when his Collected Poems were published in  1985 . Other collections include: The Sinai Sort (1957 ), A Round of Applause (1962 ), Measures (1965 ), A Man In My Position (1969 ), The White Bird (1973 ), The Equal Skies (1980 ), A World of Difference (1963 ), Voice-Over (1988 ) and Collected Poems (new ed,  1990 ). He was the first fellow in creative writing at the University of Edinburgh (1967-1969 ) and (after retiring from school-teaching) lectured in English Studies at the  University of Stirling (1970-1979 ). He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in  1986 .


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Fonds level description compiled by H M Kemp and Alan Borthwick, Scottish Archive Network project, 10 May 2002.