Born London. A descendant of the poet’s brother Christopher, he studied music with Sir Donald Tovey in Edinburgh. Much of his life was spent in England but he settled in Inverness-shire in 1961, where he was inspired by the ever-changing Scottish landscape. He was involved in the formation of the Scottish Branch of the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain in 1966, of which he was chairman until 1970. He used traditional rhythm patterns in his largely tonal compositions, and composed over 100 works. These include six symphonies, six string quartets and numerous vocal and instrumental pieces.