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Marjorie Macintyre

Marjorie Macintyre

Female 1909 - 1997  (88 years)

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  • Name Marjorie Macintyre 
    Born 19 Mar 1909  Edinburgh Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 29 Jun 1997  Kirkwall, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11304  My Relatives
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 

    Family Eric Robert Russell Linklater,   b. 8 Mar 1899, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1974, Aberdeen, buried Harray, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1933  Edinburgh Find all individuals with events at this location 
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     4. Andro Ian Robert Linklater,   b. 10 Dec 1944,   d. 3 Nov 2013, Eigg, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F4348  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • the novelist Eric Linklater, along with his wife, Marjorie, founded one of Scotland's foremost media families.

      There is even the story that when their son Magnus Linklater was editor of the Scotsman he had to ban his mother from the newspaper's letters pages because of the frequency of her pro-nationalist missives. Something which says more about the fiery nature of the fascinating Marjorie Linklater, who perhaps provided as much copy as some of her son's staffers, than it does about the size of The Scotsman's readership
      The daughter of an Edinburgh MP and solicitor she was more firmly of the Scottish establishment and therefore better able to rebel against it. She met Eric while campaigning for a Scottish National Theatre, telling him he ought to be ashamed of himself if he couldn't be happy with her. As well as an ardent letter writer, Marjorie became an effective county councillor in the Highlands - fighting for rural schools as well as tourist toilets - and chairman of the Orkney Heritage Committee where she fought for the environment and the arts. She was popular across the Highlands and on endless committees for her frankness, style and wit. Her death last week prompted her other son, Andro Linklater, to take the highly unusual course of writing his own mother's obituary for this newspaper.
      Andro Linklater has followed his father into travel writing, completing a number of books, writing features for the national press and becoming a principal book reviewer for The Spectator. Andro is seen as a lighter writer than his brother, but given the different task of writing a review of his mother's life, he delivered one of the best-written obituaries you will read this year. One that made you truly wish you had met its subject

      Marjorie Linklater; born March 19, 1909, died June 29, 1997

      MARJORIE Linklater died on June 29 at her home in Kirkwall, Orkney, aged 88. She was president of the Orkney Heritage Society, and honorary vice-president of the St Magnus Festival. Since returning to Orkney in 1975, after the death of her husband, the writer Eric Linklater, there has hardly been any aspect of Orkney's heritage, archaeological or cultural, in which she has not been involved.

      The year after her return she was elected chairman of the Orkney Heritage Society, and was immediately embroiled in the campaign to counter the twin threats of uranium mining in Orkney and the dumping of nuclear waste off its west coast. She led the society's opposition with determination, using her charm and formidable powers of persuasion to gain support.