Personal Information


Rennie McOwan (deceased Oct 2018)


7 Williamfield Avenue






Specialist Activities

writing, research, broadcasting, lecturing

Specialist Areas

Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, Norway, France.

Professional Details

Short Biography

Semi-retired professional writer, lecturer and broadcaster, specialising in Scottish historical subjects including the history of Scottish access, the environment, travel, educational books for children and religion. Has written 12 books and booklets and regular newspaper and magazine articles for several outlets at home and overseas, including The Scots Magazine, The Herald and Scotland on Sunday. Contributed to several outdoors anthologies and has had poetry published and broadcast.

Professional Activities

Writing articles, books and scripts, research, broadcasting, lecturing in schools and to creative writing groups under me Scottish Arts Council’s ‘Writers In Schools’ and ‘Writers In Public’ Schemes. Former guest lecturer with staff status. Department of Film and Media Studies, Stirling University, and participant in and presenter of B.B.C. radio’s ‘In The Country’. Wrote outline script for STV’s ‘Wilderness’ programme, presented by the Prince of Wales. Special subject: the history of Percy Urma, the National Trust for Scotland’s mountaineering benefactor, and the history of freedom – to – roam in Scotland.

Recent Publications

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, Magic Mountains and the reissuing of children’s books Light On Dumyat, The White Stag Adventure, The Day The Mountain Moved, Jewels On The Move, Robert Bums For Beginners and St Andrew For Beginners.


Honorary degree of Doctor of the University by Stirling University for contributions to Scottish writing and culture, 1996; Outdoors Writers Guild Golden Eagle Award 1997 for access campaigning and contributions to Scottish culture; Provost of Stirling’s Civic Award for writing on Scottish topics, 1998; The Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Tourist Board chairman’s award ‘for exceptional service to the tourism industry’, 2001.

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