John Lanne Buchanan ~ Writer

John Lanne Buchanan – writer – born in Menteith (Perthshire). After education at Callander Grammar School and the University of Glasgow, Buchanan became an assistant to the minister of Comrie, Robert Menzies. He worked as a missionary in the Western Isles where his Gaelic and evangelical outlook assisted his work. Buchanan had a social conscious and this is reflected in his writings: Travels in the Western Hebrides (1793); A Defence of the Scots Highlanders (1794); and, General View of the Fishery of Great Britain (1794). It is this last work that has stood the test of time, providing as it does, valuable historical and social data for that period. No birth and date records exist for him, but Buchanan lived from before 1784 until after 1816.