Gordon Douglas Brown

George Douglas Brown was born illegitimate in Ochiltree, Ayrshire (the model for the Barbie of The House With the Green Shutters), in 1869 and educated at the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. After his mother's death he moved to London and embarked on a journalistic career, publishing his first novel, Love and a Sword, under the name of Kennedy King, in 1899. The House With the Green Shutters came out a year later to great acclaim, receiving comparisons with R.L. Stevenson and John Galt. He died in 1902, leaving the idea for a subsequent novel, The Incompatibles, unrealised.