John M. Caie
He was educated at Milne's Institute in Fochabers, and graduated from the University of Aberdeen (MA, BL, BSc). A lawyer and agronomist, he became a civil servant at the Board of Agriculture for Scotland in 1912 and rose to the level of Depute Secretary 1939-1945 (during the critical period of World War Two).
He was a noted poet, writing on subjects drawn from the rural culture of northeast Scotland. He is best known nowadays for his humorous poem, The Puddock, one of many that he wrote in his native Doric dialect. The poem has become a favourite piece to teach to children in Scottish primary schools.
In 1945, Aberdeen University awarded him an honorary doctorate (LLD).
He married Mary Macleod in 1908.
- The Kindly North: verse in Scots and English (Aberdeen: D. Wyllie & Son, 1934)
- Twixt Hills and Sea: verse in Scots and English (Aberdeen: D. Wyllie & Son, 1939)
- Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index (PDF). I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2006. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
- Scottish Poetry Library biography
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