John Galt Biography

Explorer, Author (1779–1839)
John Galt was a prolific Scottish novelist admired for his depiction of country life. His masterpieces include The Ayrshire Legatees and Lawrie Todd.


John Galt was born May 2, 1779, in Irvine, Scotland. Commissioned by a merchant firm to establish trade agreements, he travelled to the Mediterranean area. Other ventures took him to France, The Netherlands and Canada. His position with the Canada Land Company was undermined and he went home. All his life he had been a voluminous writer, and he now devoted himself entirely to literature.

Fact Check

We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us!