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George Douglas Brown

George Douglas Brown

George Douglas Brown, who sometimes wrote under the pen names Kennedy King and George Douglas, was born on 26th January 1869 in Ochiltree, Ayrshire, to George Douglas Brown, a farmer, and Sarah Gemmel a farm-servant of Irish descent. He was educated at local schools in Ochiltree and Coylton, later attending Ayr Academy from 1883. From 1887-1890 he studied at the University of Glasgow, taking a First in Classics. In 1891 he won a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford. Although maintaining his academic record, he did not enjoy Oxford, feeling that he did not fit in socially. Before he was due to sit his final examinations, he returned to Ayrshire to nurse his mother in her last illness; the consequent mixture of stress and grief contributed to his taking only a third class degree in the examinations of 1895.

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