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William Soutar (1898–1943) by James A. Finlayson reproduced by generous permission of Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council, Scotland; photograph by John Watt


Soutar, William (1898–1943), poet and diarist, was born on 28 April 1898 at 2 South Inch Terrace, Perth, the only child of John Soutar (1871–1958), master joiner, and his wife, Margaret Smith (1870–1954), who were both Scottish. Soutar's mother wrote poetry, and her athletic, handsome son followed suit, regularly composing verses while still a schoolboy. He attended the ...