John MacNair Reid
John MacNair Reid was born in Glasgow in 1895, and worked as a journalist with the Glasgow Herald, and in later years with the Inverness Courier, the Glasgow Evening Times and Evening News.
In 1936 his wife Josephine, a medical Doctor, took a job with the Highlands and Islands Medical Service, and Reid went freelance. They lived in Eigg until the War, which Reid spent in Glasgow, and after the War moved first to Laggan, Inverness-shire, and then Torridon in Wester Ross. Reid died in 1954, as a result of an accident. During his lifetime he published, as well as Homeward Journey, two books of poetry, Symbols and The Gleam on the Road, and edited a volume of Scottish Short Stories. Two further novels, Tobias the Rod and Judy from Crown Street were issued posthumously.