About me

I am Mary W. Craig, a writer and historian living and working in Scotland.  I am a former Carnegie scholar and a graduate of the University of Glasgow where I discovered my passion for the history and culture of Europe.

I research and write extensively about various aspects of the history of Europe; most notably how political changes affect people lives and how individuals and communities react to those changes.

Some historians are known as hedgehogs, happily snuffling about rooting out the minutest of historical details. Others are known as eagles, soaring on high they see the great vistas of historical events. A few are known as magpies: if something shiny and interesting catches their eye they will try to capture it where possible. I am a magpie. My main focus in writing is to explore the lives of extraordinary people who lived through extraordinary times and to bring to life the history of Europe in all  its vivid colours.

I hope you enjoy my writing here and in my books and articles and hopefully share in my passion for the history of Europe and all it has to offer.

I am a member of Dove Tales Scotland and a committee member of the Society of Authors in Scotland.


For further information, please contact me here.

2 Responses to About me

  1. Simon Hipkin says:

    Hi Mary. Did you by any chance find my grandfather’s book “Inquest on Mata Hari” Bernard Newman 1956 during your research? I see your interest is in the history & culture of Europe – maybe you have come across Bernard Newman in general.


    • mwcraig11 says:

      Dear Simon, I did indeed read Bernard Newman’s book on Mata Hari. I have read several of his books and found them very interesting. How fascinating to hear from his grandson. Regards Mary


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