O. Douglas

 

Pseudoname of Anna Masterton Buchan

Anna was born in Fife, at Inglewood, Smeaton Road, Pathhead, Kirkcaldy, on 24 March 1877, the elder of two daughters and second of six children of John Buchan (1847–1911), minister of the Free Church of Scotland, and his wife, Helen Jane (1857–1937), daughter of John Masterton, farmer, of Broughton Green, Peeblesshire. Anna's father, the son of a distinguished Peeblesshire lawyer, served congregations at Broughton, Perth, and Kirkcaldy, and John Knox Church in the Gorbals district of Glasgow. Her mother exercised great influence on the Buchan children, one of whom was the novelist John Buchan (1875–1940). Anna's sister died, aged five, in 1893.

Her first novel Olivia in India was published in 1912 by Hodder & Stoughton. A contemporary review describes it as a "happy book" and another commented: "To have read this book is to have met an extremely likeable personality in the author". This was to be the hallmark of all her fiction, gently humorous domestic dramas with little if any reference to political events or social change. Most portray small town or village life in southern Scotland, reflecting her own life.

Unforgettable, Unforgotten (1945) is a memoir of her brother John and of the Buchan family, while Farewell to Priorsford is her autobiography, published posthumously in 1950.

Her work is displayed alongside her brother's at the John Buchan Centre(1) in Broughton.

 

Note:
1.  The John Buchan Centre in Broughton has closed.  The new Centre is located in Peebles.  It is not known if her work is on show.

This page was last updated on 21 May 2017

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