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Educated at the Merchiston Castle School and Edinburgh University (M.A. 1953 and L.L.B 1955). Partner (1959-?) of an Edinburgh law firm. He was the son of Eric Buchanan, who in 1937-1938 acted as Ralph Isham's Edinburgh solicitor in a case concerning the rights to a bulk of the Boswell papers which had recently been discovered at Fettercairn House.
Author of The Treasure of Auchinleck, the first full scale study of the history of the Boswell papers.