here, not an autobiography, but just facets of my life, some of which are
presumably of interest to you since you have arrived here. For example, I
have been asked on innumerable occasions "Why did you leave
The Rezillos?" (the answer, in short, was for an
academic research career, the success or otherwise of which you can judge
family history has a few nuggets of information of interest to students
of Scottish history and culture:
George was a navy spy during World War II, masquerading as an anti-English
James was a real worldwide explorer, in contrast to the soft,
desk-bound members of the geophysics community such as myself, who sometimes
grandly refer to themselves as 'explorationists'.
great-grandfather George an illegitimate son of Prince Albert at Balmoral
Castle? I don't know, but read the evidence, such as it is, for yourself.
Better-founded is my grandfather James's friendship with the author
Leslie Mitchell (whose pen-name was
Lewis Grassic Gibbon). It is likely that James was a model for one of
the major characters in Sunset Song, the first volume of the modern
Scots classic trilogy A Scots Quair by that author.
I have a good friend, a war-baby born in London in 1939, who never knew his
father. He said to me once, enviously but without malice, that I know
my roots. I am fortunate that this is true, and I haven't even mentioned the
Irish half of my forebears yet!
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