Peter F. Anson
CC A ROVING RECLUSE" I 'k is a good description of Peter F. Anson.
These three words sum up his varied career during close on half a century. From his father, who was a Naval officer, he must inherit that passionate love of the sea and ships which makes it impossible for him to live away from the sight and sound of the ocean. From his mother is derived that equaliy keen love of Scotland which ie proved by the monthly articles he has been contributing to this paper for over a year.
Ineredible as it may sound, Peter Anson was educated for the diplomatic service, but his friends today may well wonder how his parents cotild have supposed that this life would have suited him. Much easier to understand is his own confess:on that he wished to enter the mercantile marine as a boy. But in the end it was not the sea but art that won him, and for two years he was an architectueal student in London, abandoning the prospect of devoting himself to church architecture at the agc, of twenty-one when he joined the then Anglican Benedictine community on the Isle of Caldey. It was during the feurteen years spent as a Benedictine monk that he was received into the Catholic Church with the greater number of his fellow religious. To many Catholics he is better known for his zeal for the spiritual welfare of seafarers, which led to the foundation of the now world-wide society known as the Apostleship of the Sea, of which he was the first organising secretary.
He has published seven books during the past ten years, most of them dealing with maritime life or ecclesiastical history. His water colour paintings have been hung in nearly every wellknown exhibition, but black and white illustration is perhaps his speciality. But his interests are not limited to the above mentioned subjects. He is equally at home when writing about music, literature, or the economic problems of Scotland. In his spare time he manages to supervise the decoration of churches. His latest book, The Caravan Pilgrim, to which Compton Mackenzie has contributed a foreword, will be published this autumn.