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Charles McKean: An Appreciation

Charles McKean: An Appreciation James Simpson (Read at the opening of the conference `A New Platform for Scottish Renaissance Studies', October 2013) How does one start to express appreciation of someone like Charles McKean, without whose irrepressible energy and stimulating ­ sometimes even irritating ­ enthusiasm, I doubt that many of us would be here today? He was a `one-off' individual who not even a great writer of fiction would have found easy to invent! Charles grew up in Glasgow, one of three sons of a consulting civil engineer. His ten years at boarding school were not, as the old saying goes, the happiest days of his life. Can you imagine Charles as an obedient and well-behaved small prep-school boy, or even a teenage Fettes boy, walking the streets of Edinburgh in a chocolate and magenta striped blazer? He would surely have been always questioning, challenging and being generally noncompliant. Back home in Glasgow in the school holidays, Charlie and his brothers John and Richard learnt how to engage their capacity for independent thought through campaigning. These were, of course the early 1960s and the days of major urban road schemes. What those of us who campaigned against the Edinburgh Inner Ring http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Charles McKean: An Appreciation

Architectural Heritage , Volume 26 (1): 1 – Nov 1, 2015

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2015
Subject
Historical Studies
ISSN
1350-7524
eISSN
1755-1641
DOI
10.3366/arch.2015.0063
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James Simpson (Read at the opening of the conference `A New Platform for Scottish Renaissance Studies', October 2013) How does one start to express appreciation of someone like Charles McKean, without whose irrepressible energy and stimulating ­ sometimes even irritating ­ enthusiasm, I doubt that many of us would be here today? He was a `one-off' individual who not even a great writer of fiction would have found easy to invent! Charles grew up in Glasgow, one of three sons of a consulting civil engineer. His ten years at boarding school were not, as the old saying goes, the happiest days of his life. Can you imagine Charles as an obedient and well-behaved small prep-school boy, or even a teenage Fettes boy, walking the streets of Edinburgh in a chocolate and magenta striped blazer? He would surely have been always questioning, challenging and being generally noncompliant. Back home in Glasgow in the school holidays, Charlie and his brothers John and Richard learnt how to engage their capacity for independent thought through campaigning. These were, of course the early 1960s and the days of major urban road schemes. What those of us who campaigned against the Edinburgh Inner Ring

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2015

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