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Young, Andrew John, 1885-1971 (poet; clergyman)



Andrew John Young was born in Elgin on 29 April 1885. He was a Scottish poet and clergyman. Young attended the Royal High School and later took an arts degree at the University of Edinburgh. He was ordained into the United Free Church of Scotland in 1912 and his first ministry was in the village of Temple, Midlothian. After was service he went to Sussex becoming the minister of the Presbyterian Church in Hove. In 1939 he applied for admission to the Anglican ministry and in 1941 became Vicar of the rural parish of Stonegate in East Sussex. He retired in 1959 and moved to Yapton, and was a canon of Chichester Cathedral.

His status as a poet was recognised quite late and he received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1952. His works spanned six decades and included: 'Songs of Night' (1910); 'Boaz and Ruth' (1920); 'Winter Harvest' (1933); 'A Prospect of Flowers' (1944); 'Out of the World and Back' (1958); and, 'The Poet and the Landscape' (1962).

Andrew John Young died on 25 November 1971.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Letter from Andrew Young to D M Baillie 22 November 1937

Identifier: Coll-1469
Scope and Contents This autograph letter signed is dated 22 November 1937, and it was written from 'Seamark', Lloyd Road, Hove, Sussex, and addressed to 'My dear Ballie'. The letter regrets that he 'did not see' Baillie last August but that he he will 'have better luck next year'. He has the hope though that he 'will pay me a visit here some day'. The letter accompanied 'this book' - presumably Nicodemus. A mystery (1937). He suggests that if 'you like it at all you may have a chance...
Dates: 1937