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MacKenzie, Sir Compton,

1883–1972, English author, b. West Hartelpool, Durham, educated at Oxford. In Apr., 1923, he founded the Gramophone, a periodical devoted to reviewing recordings. A prolific and versatile writer, MacKenzie was particularly noted for his novels, which were often set in exotic locations. They include Carnival (1912), Sinister Street (1913), and On Moral Courage (1962). Among his nonfiction works is Mr. Roosevelt (1944).


See his autobiography, My Life and Times (10 vol., 1963–71); study by K. Young (1968).

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Suidheachan house -literally translated as 'sitting down place' - was built in 1935 by Sir Compton Mackenzie and is a Category B listed property which is located close to a beautiful white beach on the Isle of Barra.
The former island home of writer Sir Compton Mackenzie is up for sale.
After all, it's where Compton MacKenzie lived when he wrote Whisky Galore, loosely based on the true story of the grounding of whisky-laden cargo ship, the SS Politician, on neighbouring Eriskay during World War II.
1941: The original incident used in Compton Mackenzie's Whisky Galore occurred in the Hebrides when a cargo ship ran aground with her holds full of whisky.
(PG) GILLIES MACKINNON directs an affectionate remake of Alexander Mackendrick's classic 1949 Ealing comedy, based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie.
Based on the novel by Compton Mackenzie, it was inspired by the real-life tale of the SS Politician, which ran aground with 264,000 bottles of malt whisky.
There are six examples in Tradition and Change: Charles Dickens (1812-1870), Henry James (1843-1916), John Galsworthy (1867-1933), Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972), D.
Among the less notorious connected to the service were Graham Greene, Somerset Maugham, Compton Mackenzie and Malcom Muggeridge.
The 1949 Ealing comedy, based on Compton MacKenzie's novel, tells what happens when a cargo ship loaded with whisky is wrecked in the Outer Hebrides, to the glee of nearby islanders.
According to The Guardian, Compton Mackenzie, Malcolm Muggeridge, and philosopher AJ "Freddie" Ayer were among the many exotic characters who agreed to spy for Britain, mainly during wartime, and have been revealed in the first authorised history of the MI6.
In 1947, Scots author Compton Mackenzie wrote a novel, Whisky Galore, based on the incident which, in 1949, was turned into an Ealing Comedy of the same name.