Margaret Aitken

Biography Of Author Margaret Aitken

Margaret Aitken was born on the Orkney Islands and in her book In My Small Corner Orkney - Memories of an Orkney Childhood she recalls her idyllic life on the island. From walks with the naturalist and poet Robert Rendall, living within a close knit community, the experiences of The Brethren religion, the captivating countryside and changing landscape, the wildlife and friends and neighbours. Visits to the nearby islands of Westray, Eday and Rousay are shared with the reader.

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I have published a book which tells the story of an Aberdonian military nurse who returns from Afghanistan and encounters The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital. The novel reveals her origins and takes him to a pre-war Duthie Park, modern day Cruden Bay and back to the past to the Battle of Loos in World War One where he witnesses the Gordon Highlanders in action. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by me, CG Buswell, and each book will feature a well known Aberdeen ghost and Aberdeenshire area as well as modern Scottish Infantry in action. Read the first chapter for free.

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Margaret moved around Scotland with her lighthouse keeper husband, Jimmy, and shared these experiences with readers in her book Twelve Light Years. It describes life in the two lighthouses Stroma in the Pentland Firth and Buchan Ness in Boddam, Aberdeenshire.

Whilst in Aberdeenshire in the 1970s Margaret explored the surrounding Buchan Coastline and wrote the book Six Buchan Villages Revisited which describes the Castles in the area (Boddam Castle and Slains Castles) and their history. It also explains the history of the Buchan fishing villages of Cruden Bay, Boddam, Bullers o' Buchan, Collieston, Whinnyfold and Oldcastle, through interviews and narrations by local people who recalled earlier life, customs and traditions.
Over 30 years later Margaret revisited the area and updated her book with a second edition that explored the impact of the demise of the railway network and the booming oil industry in the North East of Scotland.

Margaret Aitken now lives in Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK.

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