Buchan’s family circumstances delayed his introduction to Latin till a er his thirteenth birthday, and to Greek even longer.1 He was well taught at Hutchesons’ School in Glasgow2 and was later grateful to his teacher James Caddell for inspiring in him a lifelong love of classical, particularly Latin, literature.3 At Glasgow University his professors Caird, Jones and Gilbert Murray gave him a taste for philosophy and Greek literature, Murray becoming a lifelong friend who kept him in touch with developments in classical scholarship. At Oxford, because of his late start, Buchan had great di culty with the Mods course,4 but due to hard work on a heroic scale and excellent one-to-one teaching he got a very good second-class. In his Greats he got a rst.