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Sir Compton Mackenzie, OBE was a Scottish writer of fiction, biography, histories and a memoir, as well as a cultural commentator, raconteur and lifelong Scottish nationalist.
Born: January 17, 1883, West Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Died: November 30, 1972, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Movies: Whisky Galore!, Sylvia Scarlett, Carnival
Spouse: Lillian McSween (m. 1965–1972), Christine McSween (m. 1962–1963), Faith Stone (m. 1905–1960)
Parents: Virginia Bateman, Edward Compton
Lived: The Albany, Piccadilly, W1J
Studied: Magdalen College, Oxford
St Paul's School, London
Buried: Cille Bharra St Barr’s Church, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Sir Compton Mackenzie was a prolific writer of fiction, biography, histories and memoir, as well as a cultural commentator, raconteur and lifelong Scottish nationalist. He was one of the co-founders in 1928 of the Scottish National Party along with Hugh MacDiarmid, RB Cunninghame Graham and John MacCormick. On November 30, 1905, he married actress Faith Nora Stone, the daughter of E. D. Stone, the well remembered schoolmaster of Eton and Stonehouse. Between 1913 and 1920 they lived on Capri at Villa Solitaria. This Italian island was known to be tolerant not just of foreigners in general, but of artists and homosexuals in particular. Faith had an affair with the Italian pianist Renata Borgatti, who was connected to Romaine Brooks. Compton Mackenzie's observations on the local life of the Italian islanders and foreign residents led to at least two novels, Vestal Fire (1927) and Extraordinary Women (1928). The latter, a roman à clef about a group of lesbians arriving on the island of Sirene, a fictional version of Capri, was published in Britain in the same year as two other ground-breaking novels with lesbian themes, Virginia Woolf's love letter to Vita Sackville-West, Orlando, and Radclyffe-Hall's controversial polemic The Well of Loneliness, but Mackenzie's satire did not attract legal attention. Faith Stone died in 1960; in 1962, Compton married Christina MacSween – who died the following year. Finally, he married his dead wife's sister, Lillian MacSween in 1965.
Together from 1905 to 1960: 55 years.
Sir Compton Mackenzie, OBE (January 17, 1883 – November 30, 1972)
Faith Nona Stone (1878 - July 1960)



Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
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Release Date: September 21, 2014
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The Albany, or simply Albany, is an apartment complex in Piccadilly, W1J built in 1770–74 by Sir William Chambers for the newly created 1st Viscount Melbourne as Melbourne House. It is a three-storey mansion, seven bays (windows) wide, with a pair of service wings flanking a front courtyard. In 1791, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany abandoned Dover House, Whitehall (now a government office), and took up residence. In 1802 the Duke in turn gave up the house and it was converted by Henry Holland into 69 bachelor apartments (known as "sets"). The residents have included such famous names as the poet Lord Byron and the future Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, and numerous members of the aristocracy. In Oscar Wilde's play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895), the character John (Jack) Worthing has a set at the Albany (number B4), where he lives while staying in London under the assumed name of Ernest. Notable queer residents: Sybille Bedford, writer, lived in Aldous Huxley's servant's room; Bruce Chatwin, writer; Aldous Huxley, writer; Matthew “The Monk” Lewis, from 1802 to 1818 (number K1); Compton Mackenzie, writer, from 1911 to 1912 (number E1); Sir Harold Nicolson, writer and politician from 1952 to 1965 (number C1); Terence Stamp, actor. George Cecil Ives had an apartment here which he shared with his live-in servant and lover, James Goddard (Kit) in 1894. The place was held in high esteem. Ives “refused to allow a third man to join him and Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde's intimate friend, for sex, --- because “it wouldn't do at the Albany”.”



Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532906312
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Sir Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972) was a Scottish writer of fiction, biography, histories and a memoir, as well as a cultural commentator, raconteur and lifelong Scottish nationalist. ollowing his time on Capri, socialising with the gay exiles there, he treated the homosexuality of a politician sensitively in “Thin Ice” (1956). He died on November 30, 1972, aged 89, in Edinburgh and was interred at Eolaigearraidh (Cille Bharra, Eoligarry, Isle of Barra, Na h-Eileanan an Iar HS9 5YE).



Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
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