A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature/Watson, John
Watson, John (1850-1907) "IAN Maclaren". -- Novelist and theological writer, b. at Manningtree, where his f. was an Inland Revenue official, ed. at Stirling and Edin., and the New Coll. there. He came, after serving in a country charge, to Sefton Park Presbyterian Church, Liverpool, where he was a popular preacher, and took a prominent part in the social and religious life of the city. He wrote, under the name of "Ian Maclaren," several novels belonging to the "Kailyard" school, including Beside the Bonnie Briar Bush and The Days of Auld Lang Syne,page 398 which had great popularity both at home and in America. He also wrote religious works, of which The Mind of the Master is the best known.