5 December 2015
Following the announcement that author William McIlvanney has died, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
I am extremely sad to hear of the death of Willie McIlvanney. His writing had a huge influence on me when I was growing up. ‘Docherty’, in my view, is one of the classic novels of our time. Willie came from Ayrshire – as I do – and had taught at my school in the years before I went there, so he was something of a local hero. I will always remember the thrill of eventually getting to meet him some years later.
“Willie’s passion for social justice and for Scotland – warts and all – shone through all of his work. His description of Scotland as a ‘mongrel nation’ powerfully summed up our wonderful diversity as a country. Willie was an iconic figure in Scottish literature and deserves to be remembered as one of our literary greats. His passing is a huge loss to Scotland. My thoughts are very much with his family”.