Margaret Grant (1938 – 2015)
Margaret Grant,a founder member of Huntly Writers, died on Sunday 11th October 2015, aged 77, after a short spell of ill health. Margaret was a respected and published Doric poet. She was named as Makar at Huntly’s first Book Festival in October 2013 and continued to hold this honorary Poet Laureate position, until her death.
Born and brought up at Kinnoir, where her father was the blacksmith, Margaret began writing Doric poetry while at primary school in Kinnoir and throughout her youth played the piano in her father’s dance band. She married Hamish, known as Dan, on her 19th birthday in 1957; and his work on farms took the couple all over the North-east before they settled in Huntly in 1966 with their family of four; George, who died four years ago, Kathleen, Ronald and Margaret. They have 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; and Margaret loved nothing better than having all her family round about her to play cards or scrabble and had mastered the iPad so she could play word games with them remotely.
Margaret published her first book, “Jist for a Lauch” in 1999. A further collection of her work, “Anither Keckle” was printed in 2003 and, in 2008 she published “The Last Lauch.” She took her inspiration from every day events but also wrote sensitive pieces about war and the loss of life. In addition she was regularly commissioned to write poems for birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations. At the time she became Makar, a typically modest and unassuming Margaret said she was unsure about accepting the title as she could only write poetry in Doric, not English. For many years Margaret was the long-standing Treasurer of Huntly Writers and her patience, enthusiasm and support was much appreciated.
Huntly Writers are presently working with Margaret’s family to publish a new book of her work, in conjunction with Lumphanan Press. This book will include many previously unpublished works as well as well-known favourites from existing publications. Margaret’s previous books are available from Orb’s Bookshop in Deveron Street, Huntly; and will soon be for sale on this website.