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Donald Alexander Mackenzie (1873-1936)
Donald Alexander Mackenzie (1873-1936)

Donald Alexander Mackenzie was born in Cromarty on 24th July, 1873, to A. H. Mackenzie and Isobel Mackay. He began his journalist career in Glasgow before returning to the Highlands in 1903 to become owner and editor of 'The North Star' in Dingwall. From there he moved to the 'People's Journal' in Dundee and from 1916 he worked in Edinburgh for 'The Bulletin', a Glasgow newspaper published by George Outram & Company. He died in Edinburgh on 2 March 1936 and is buried in the Old Gaelic Chapel in Cromarty.

As well as being a Scottish journalist, Mackenzie wrote prolifically on mythology, religion and anthropology, publishing over fifty works including books, articles and poems including 'Celtic Folklore' and 'Stories of Russian Folk Life'. He also lectured on Celtic mythology and was an avid collector of folklore, contributing regularly to publications such as 'The Celtic Review' and 'The Celtic Monthly'.

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