Papers of David D. Ogston

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of David D. Ogston's autobiographical novels, White Stone Country: Growing up in Buchan (1986) and Dry Stone Days (1988). The manuscript copy of Dry Stone Days is here entitled Braid Laan.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Dinnes Ogston was born in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, on 25 March 1945, and educated at Inverurie Academy and Aberdeen University, from where he graduated, MA 1966 and BD 1969. He worked for a short time with Dr Harry Whitley in St Giles Church, Edinburgh, before moving in 1973 to Balerno village church, Edinburgh, and in 1980 to St John's Kirk, Perth, where he is still incumbent. He writes in Scots, and from the late 1960s has been a regular contributor of prose and poetry to many North East newspapers and journals, including the Press and Journal, The Buchan Observer, The Leopard, and Lallans. His best known works, White Stone Country: Growing up in Buchan (Edinburgh: Ramsay Head, 1986) and Dry Stone days (Edinburgh: Ramsay Head, 1988) describe his life growing up in the Northeast of Scotland. Other published works with which he has been involved include A Raised Voice (Perth: St John's Kirk, 1982); Derek Beverley and others, Dreams (Aberdeen: Murray, 1986); and the tape recording of Sheena Blackhall, Makars series SSC 105, (Glasgow: Scotsoun, 1993).

For further biographical details see introduction by Cuthbert Graham to White Stone Country: Growing up in Buchan (Edinburgh: Ramsay Head, 1986)


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Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Gifted to the University in Mar 1990, by David D. Ogston

Other Finding Aids

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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See Publication Note for details

Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

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Related Material

Personal papers of other well-known 20th century literary figures associated with the North-east of Scotland, deposited in this repository include Marion Angus, Olive Fraser, Cuthbert Graham, George Campbell Hay, Sorley MacLean, James Leslie Mitchell (alias Lewis Grassic Gibbons), Nan Shepherd, Rachel Annand Taylor, Iain Crichton Smith, and David Toulmin. Very brief collection level descriptions available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online


David D. Ogston, White Stone Country: Growing up in Buchan (Edinburgh: Ramsay Head, 1986); and David D. Ogston, Dry Stone Days (Edinburgh: Ramsay Head, 1988).

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