on 30 November 2005
Many fans of Ian Niall do not realise that he wrote several books under his own name, John Macneillie, prior to adopting his nom de plume.
The Wigtown Ploughman was his earliest, written shortly after he left school, whilst working as a journalist in Glasgow.
The book was an over night success and was serialised in the Scottish Press.
However, the book was not well received in his home region, Galloway. People thought that he had been too hard on the farming community in the way that he portrayed the lot of the working class.
This book was a masterpiece and in its own way contributed to the growth of social welfare and the coming of the welfare state that we know today.