Scottish poet, academic, and critic known for The Fatal Landscape and Other Poems (published in 1941). His other literary works include Home Town Elegy, Leaves without a Tree, and News from South America.
He was raised in Glasgow and Aberdeen and studied at the University of St. Andrews.
He served in the British Army in North Africa during World War II.
His wife was Paddy Fraser. He settled in England, where he taught for many years at the University of Leicester.
He wrote a piece honoring T.S. Eliot for the occasion of the poet's sixtieth birthday.