Ian Hay

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Major General John Hay Beith (17 April 1876 – 22 September 1952), was a British schoolmaster and soldier, and, under the pen name Ian Hay, a novelist and playwright.


John Hay Beith was born in Chorlton, Lancashire, the second son of John Alexander Beith, of the Beith, Stevenson & Co. shipping and export business, based in Manchester. His paternal grandfather was a ... more »

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  • ''War is hell and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peace-time.''
    Ian Hay (1876-1952), British playwright, novelist. Wagstaffe, in The First Hundred Thousand, ch. 10 (1916). Among the "small nuisances," Wagstaffe...
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