(John) Maurice Lindsay, also known as Gavin Brock, was born 21 July 1918 in Glasgow. He was educated at Glasgow Academy, 1926-36, then attended the Scottish National Academy of Music (now called the Royal Scottish Academy of Music) in Glasgow, 1936-39. During the war he served in the army, becoming a Captain. Between 1946 and 1947 he was drama critic for the Scottish Daily Mail in Edinburgh, and music critic for Bulletin in Glasgow, 1946-60. Also from 1946, he was a freelance broadcaster with the BBC in Glasgow, but in 1961 he became programme controller for Border Television in Carlisle. From 1962 he was production controller with Border, and features executive and senior interviewer from 1964. From 1967, Lindsay was the Director of the Scottish Civic Trust, and consultant for the Trust from 1983. Lindsay's output has been rich, including poetry, biography, and local history. Lindsay was awarded the CBE in 1979. He died in 2009.