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Dunnett, Dorothy, (Lady Dunnett)locked

OBE 1992

Born 25 Aug. 1923; d of Alexander Halliday and Dorothy Eveline Millard; m 1946, Sir Alastair MacTavish Dunnett (d 1998); two s; died 9 Nov. 2001

portrait painter, since 1950, and novelist, since 1961


James Gillespie's High Sch., Edinburgh.


British Civil Service, 1940–55. Non-exec. Dir, Scottish Television plc, 1979–92. Trustee: Scottish Nat. War Meml, 1962–96; Nat. Library of Scotland, 1986–. Bd Mem., Edinburgh Book Fest., 1988–95; Hon. Vice-Pres., Scottish PEN, 1997–. FRSA 1986. Literature Award, St Andrews Presbyterian Coll., Laurinburg, USA, 1993.


historical novels: King Hereafter, 1982; Lymond Chronicle: The Game of Kings, 1961; Queens’ Play, 1964; The Disorderly Knights, 1966; Pawn in Frankincense, 1969; Ringed Castle, 1971; Checkmate, 1975; House of Niccolò: Niccolò Rising, 1986; The Spring of the Ram, 1987; Race of Scorpions, 1989; Scales of Gold, 1991; The Unicorn Hunt, 1993; To Lie with Lions, 1995; Caprice and Rondo, 1997; Gemini, 2000; mysteries: Dolly and the Singing Bird, 1968; Dolly and the Cookie Bird, 1970; Dolly and the Doctor Bird, 1971; Dolly and the Starry Bird, 1973; Dolly and the Nanny Bird, 1976; Dolly and the Bird of Paradise, 1983; Moroccan Traffic, 1991; non-fiction: (with Alastair M. Dunnett and David Paterson) The Scottish Highlands, 1988


Travel, orchestral music, opera, ballet


Caledonian; New (Edinburgh)


87 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DF