was born in Broughty Ferry and now lives in Midlothian. He began writing on the death of a friend, a Gaelic Bard, Donald MacDonald of South Lochboisdale. His first collection of poems, A First Sighting
, was published in 2,005. Seven other collections have followed, A Turbulent Wake
(2007), A Trail of Dreaming
(2009), The Hammer and the Fire
(2011), Painted Trees
(2012), A Voyage to Babylon
(2013), and The Bedrock
, poems on themes from the Great Tapestry of Scotland (2015).