Ian Niall (7 November 1916 – 24 June 2002), born John Kincaid McNeillie, was a writer from Galloway in Scotland. He wrote his works under both names. He was born in Old Kilpatrick, to parents from the Machars in South West Scotland. He moved back to Galloway at 18 months old, and the area formed a basis for his early fiction. In the 1940s he moved to North Wales, where his son, the writer Andrew McNeillie, was born. He died in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, in south-east England.
A Tiger Walks is also based on his works.
Note that the works listed were written under both of his names
- Wigtown Ploughman: Part of His Life (1939, Putnam, as John McNeillie)
- Glasgow Keelie (1940, Putnam, as John McNeillie)
- Morryharn Farm (1941, Putnam, as John McNeillie)
Books below all published by Heinemann unless shown otherwise.
- No Resting Place (1948) - The first under the name "Ian Niall". See also Paul Rotha's film of the book, BFI.
- Tune on a Melodeon (1948)
- Foxhollow (1949)
- The Poacher's Handbook (1950)
- The Deluge (1951)
- Fresh Woods (1951, 2012, Little Toller Books)
- Pastures New (1951, 2012, Little Toller Books)
- The Boy Who Saw Tomorrow (1952)
- A Tiger Walks (1960)
- The New Poacher's Handbook (1960)
- Trout From the Hills (1961)
- The Harmless Albatross(1961)
- Hey Delaney! (1962)
- The Game Keeper (1965)
- The Country Blacksmith (1966)
- A Galloway Childhood (1967)
- A Fowler's World: an account of days on the marsh and estuary (1968)
- A Galloway Shepherd (1970)
- The Village Policeman (1971)
- Around My House (1973)
- A London Boyhood (1974)
- One Man and his Dogs (1975)
- To Speed the Plough(1977)
- The Idler's Companion (1978)
- The Forester (1979)
- Portrait of a Country Artist. Charles Tunnicliffe R.A. 1901–1979 (1980 Gollancz)
- Tunnicliffe's Countryside(1983 Clive Holloway Books)
- Feathered Friends (1984 Chatto)
- Country Matters (1984 Gollancz)
- Ian Niall's complete Angler (1986 Heinemann)
- Ian Niall's Country Notes (1987 Octopus Books)
- English Country Traditions (1990 V&A)
- The Way of a Countryman (1965 & 1993 Heinemann)
For further bibliographical information see: Wigtown Ploughman. Part of his life. introduced and edited with notes and appendices by Andrew McNeillie (2012, Birlinn Limited ISBN 978 1 78027 086 9), also see editions of Country Life (1953 - 1993) in which Ian Niall wrote a regular column.
External links and references
- Johnson, Ian (2005). William Alwyn: The Art of Film Music. Boydell Press. p. 235.