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Fred Urquhart

Fred Urquhart (12 July 1912 – 2 December 1995) was a Scottish short story writer.Frederick Burrows Urquhart was born in Edinburgh. His father was chauffeur to the Earl of Breadalbane at Taymouth Castle. He spent much of his childhood in Fife, Perthshire and Wigtownshire. He attended

Stranraer High School and Broughton Secondary School.On leaving school at 15 he worked in a bookshop. He was a pacifist and conscientious objector and worked on the land during the Second World War, first at Laurencekirk in the Mearns and later at Woburn Abbey. Here he met George Orwell and the Scottish painters Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde.From 1947 he worked as a reader for a London literary agency, and from 1951 to 1954 he read scripts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. From 1951 to 1974 he was a reader for Cassell, and from 1967 to 1971 for J. M. Dent. He also edited a number of books.Many of his stories revolved around rural life, set in the (fictional) town of Auchencairn. Amongst his work the best regarded is Jezebel's Dust (1951). One obituarist said that, "His skill was to show characters in everyday, conversational action" and, writing in the Manchester Evening News in November 1944, George Orwell praised his "remarkable gift for constructing neat stories with convincing dialogue."Many of his stories were read on the radio, and Palace of Green Days was a Book at Bedtime in 1985.He had a particular love of horses and edited The Book of Horses (1981).Urquhart was homosexual. He moved to Ashdown Forest in East Sussex in 1958 with his companion, the dancer Peter Wyndham Allen, but when Wyndham Allen died in 1990 Urquhart moved back to Scotland. He was a friend of Rhys Davies, with whom he shared a cottage in Tring in 1946, and of Norah Hoult.Urquhart died in Musselburgh at the age of 83.

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Some of their strengths

Fred Urquhart has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Creative, Intelligent, Intuitive, Imaginative, Compassionate, Loyal, and Caring.

Intuitive and Imaginative

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Fred Urquhart is someone who is a highly intuitive, creative and imaginative person who is very loyal, caring and compassionate to others. A person who is charismatic and resourceful.

Helpful and Supportive

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Fred Urquhart well know them as someone who can be accepting, supportive, and productive, like a garden.

Inventive and Clever

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Fred Urquhart as someone who is flexible, intelligent, and quick-witted.

A person who likes to be creative, and to be recognized for their artistic talents. Who possesses intelligence, mental discipline, and ambition, and who does well in relationships and partnerships.

Courageous and Strong

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Fred Urquhart is someone who is a risk-taker and a pioneer who only gets stronger through the hardships that are encountered in life.

They are also someone who is active, giving, optimistic, and cheerful, and who possesses a charisma that attracts friends and admirers.

Traditional and Patient

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Fred Urquhart tends to be someone who is a patient person that is very emotional, has a very sharp memory, has an ability to understand people, and who tends to be traditional and frugal.

Some of Fred Urquhart's challenges

While Fred Urquhart has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Fred Urquhart can be Emotional, Standoffish, Hypocritical, Self-centered, Unfocused, Indecisive, and Irritable.

Emotional and Standoffish

One of Fred Urquhart's key challenges is that they are someone who can be emotional and standoffish.

Unfocused and Indecisive

Fred Urquhart is someone who can be scattered, restless, and insensitive, be distracted by fluctuating professional interests, be a workaholic, and who can be arrogant and have difficulty accepting advice.

Sensitive and Money-oriented

Finally, Fred Urquhart also can have mood swings, be overly sensititive, and be a bit rigid and materialistic.

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