OBITUARIES Hamish Henderson (19192002) W. F. H. Nicolaisen University of Aberdeen Margaret A. Mackay University of Edinburgh Perhaps it was something of an omen that James Scott (Hamish) Henderson's birthday, November 11, 1919, coincided with Armistice Day, the day on which the first of the two great wars of the twentieth century came de facto to an end and the weapons were silenced; for only twenty-six years later, toward the end of another six years of large-scale and devastating hostilities, Hamish Henderson, a British intelligence officer in Italy, was actively involved in securing yet another such armistice. It was somehow ironic and yet fitting that the man who, as part of a Quaker organization, had helped to extricate young Jews from Nazi Germany just before World War II, should, having in a soldier's uniform served his country in a bloody war, then used his linguistic skills as an interrogator to bring about peace once again. As a Scot and a poet, he could not but translate his experiences into, on the one hand, composing new words to old pipe tunes, like his "Farewell to Sicily" or popular tunes of the day, like his "D-Day Dodgers" and, on the
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: Jul 26, 2004
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