Andro Linklater

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Andro Linklater (10 December 1944 – 3 November 2013) was a Scottish non-fiction writer and historian.


Andro Ian Robert Linklater was the youngest son of Eric Linklater. His brother is journalist, Magnus Linklater and his sisters are the voice expert Kristin Linklater and painter Alison Linklater.[1] His nephew, son of Kristin, is film actor Hamish Linklater.

He was educated at Belhaven Hill School, Winchester College and New College, Oxford, where he read Modern History.[1] At the end of the 1960s he lived in the United States, but returned to Britain to teach in Scotland and London, before turning to writing after his father's death in 1974.

His book Measuring America led to a series of books on American history, about which he was an eloquent speaker.[2]

Linklater's book Why Spencer Perceval Had To Die focuses on the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval, looking at the conspiracy theories surrounding it, and revealing the historical context. Antony Beevor has called it "a beautifully written portrait".[3]

His work appeared in Prospect Magazine,[4] The Spectator,[5] The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Reader's Digest and Daily Mail.

Linklater was married to photographer Marie-Louise Avery and lived in rural Kent. He had a heart attack after a day of typically strenuous cycling while researching his next book on the island of Eigg,[1] and died in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary a week later. His obituary in The Times said that "He took time to help aspiring writers, wrote eloquent prayers to be recited in his church, and regularly took up the cudgels on behalf of local causes."[6]



  1. ^ a b c Gibson, George (2013-11-21). "Andro Linklater obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  2. ^ "Andro Linklater: The Fabric of America". Pritzker Military Museum & Library. 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Why Spencer Perceval Had to Die". Bloomsbury. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  4. ^ Linklater, Andro (2002-08-20). "Life, liberty, property". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  5. ^ "Blog". The Spectator. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  6. ^ Andro Linklater, Obituary, The Times, 8 November 2013.

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