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Ronald McGill, author of Three Royal Terrace

Author, this webpage. Urbanist; click the LinkedIn tab.

Three Royal Terrace is my first non-technical book. Two others appear under the 'urbanist' heading: Institutional Development (for city management) and

Performance Budgeting (for least-developed countries).


Three Royal Terrace

July 25, 2019

A severely autistic child, possessing no language of his own, learns his and his family's history from his father and repeats it to the reader.

'My name is Roddy. I am severely autistic or more technically, "low-functioning". I have no spontaneous language. My dad saw the film The Accountant and was inspired to write this book through my eyes. That film's central character, as a young boy, displayed all the uncontrollable characteristics that I did. The difference is that he went on to a "high-functioning" state. I remained otherwise. I wanted to learn more about my dad. I wanted to understand about myself. I wanted to feel the struggles of the family as I moved from childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. I wanted to convey my own sorrow at the anguish I often inflicted upon my siblings and especially Mum.' "Thank you Dad for giving me a voice!"

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A Bit About Me

I was born in Berlin, BAOR, just after World War II, of Scottish and German parents. I moved to Edinburgh when I was six, when my parents divorced, being brought up by my father. I ran away when I was 17, joining the British Army. After Aden, I left “to get an education”. I worked in town planning in UK before breaking into international development, mainly in Africa but also Asia and the Middle East, with the UN in New York City. I have published two technical books and 20 related journal papers. Currently, I am based in Nairobi and visit Scotland and New York each quarter, for my family.


‘...for there is nothing so good and lovely as when man and wife in their home dwell together in unity of mind and disposition.’

The Odyssey of Homer

Translated by

T.E. Lawrence.

Oxford University Press, 1991, p.89.



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