|5 December 2015|

Tributes are being paid to one of Scotland’s greatest ever writers, William McIlvanney, who has died aged 79.

The Kilmarnock-born novelist produced a body of work that will resonate with readers for generations to come. Credited with inventing tartan noir his crime stories inspired many writers that followed him.

He penned the renowned trilogy of crime novels that started with Laidlaw in 1977 and produced poetry, short stories as well as literary novels throughout his life.

Rebus author Ian Rankin tweeted: “Dreadful news about William McIlvanney. A truly inspired and inspiring author and an absolute gent.”

While first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am extremely sad to hear of the death of Willie McIlvanney. His writing had a huge influence on me when I was growing up. ‘Docherty’, in my view, is one of the classic novels of our time. Willie came from Ayrshire – as I do – and had taught at my school in the years before I went there, so he was something of a local hero. I will always remember the thrill of eventually getting to meet him some years later.

“Willie’s passion for social justice and for Scotland – warts and all – shone through all of his work. His description of Scotland as a ‘mongrel nation’ powerfully summed up our wonderful diversity as a country. Willie was an iconic figure in Scottish literature and deserves to be remembered as one of our literary greats. His passing is a huge loss to Scotland. My thoughts are very much with his family.”