Kailyard School (579 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)


In aesthetic terms, the ‘Kailyard School’ was a minor literary movement that originated in William Robertson Nicoll’s British Weekly and, through the influence of Nicoll, at Hodder and Stoughton publishing. J. M. Barrie (1860-1937) contributed under the pseudonym ‘Gavin Ogilvy’ and the Reverend John Watson (1850-1907) wrote as ‘Ian McLaren’. S. R. Crockett (1859-1914) completed the Kailyard triumvirate, though he developed outside of Nicoll’s direct influence. All three writers were Edinburgh University graduates; Watson and Crockett attended the New Theological College before entering the Free Church of Scotland ministry. Crockett’s literary success led him to resign his ministry and to write full-time. The …

McLuckie, Craig. "Kailyard School". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 June 2003
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1286, accessed 25 October 2016.]