The Highlanders MuseumPADRE MACThe Autobiography of Murdo Ewen Macdonald of Harris
From a croft in the Hebridean island of Harris to the grim confines of a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp and the hallowed halls of Glasgow University, the life of Murdo Ewen MacDonald was one of extraordinary variety. Ordained as a Church of Scotland minister in 1939 Murdo Ewen went on to see service during the second World War. As a volunteer in the First Parachute Brigade he was sent to North Africa, when he was severely wounded and taken prisoner. Whilst incarcerated in the notorious Stalag Luft III camp, he supported countless prisoners through their POW experience and played a key part in the preparations of the men who took part in the audacious breakout which was later immortalized in the Hollywood blockbuster The Great Escape.
After the war he served in various charges in Scotland before being appointed Professor of Practical Theology at Glasgow University, a post which he held until his retirement in 1984.
In this much acclaimed book he looks back over his long and eventful life.
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