Educated at Elgin Academy and the University of St. Andrews, Brown graduated with first class honours in classics in 1910. He joined the Indian Civil Service later that year, and continued working for it until 1934. He had begun to write while he was still at school and contributed stories to magazines such as Punch. During the Second World War, he worked for the BBC as a producer in the talks department. He wrote two very fine biographies, a number of novels, three collections of poetry and some short stories. His works include The Second Lustre (1923), Both Sides of Suez (1930), The Gold and the Grey (1936), Rudyard Kipling (1945), There Was a Lad: An Essay on Robert Burns (1949) and A Moray Hogmany (1957).
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