Norman MacCaig (1910 – 1996) was a renowned Scottish poet who was born in Edinburgh and subsequently divided his time between there and Assynt in the West Highlands. He registered as a conscientious objector during the Second World War and remained a lifelong pacifist. His first collection of poetry was published in 1943. In 1985 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He was made an OBE in 1979.