John McNeillie

John McNeillie was born in Old Kilpatrick in 1916. He wrote over forty books, most under the pen-name Ian Niall. These include 'No Resting Place' (1948), a tale of Machars traveller folk, filmed in Co. Wicklow by Paul Rotha. His classic 'The Poacher's Handbook' (1950) also derives much from the Machars where McNeillie spent part of his early childhood, with his grandparents at North Clutag farm, as told in his memoir 'A Galloway Childhood' (1967).