©2019 by Ronald McGill. Proudly created with Wix.com

Ronald McGill,

author of 

Three Royal Terrace.

Author, this webpage. Urbanist; click the 'Learn More' button.

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). Click on the 'Learn More' button.


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!"

Desk with Book

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. I am based near Edinburgh and visit New York as often as I can, for my family.

Robert Burns recognised: in the original Scottish, “O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!" Or, in modern English, “Oh would some Power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us.”


‘...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.

In The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson, there was a picture of British political and imperial leaders on camels in front of Egyptian pyramids, including Lawrence. Churchill inserted a caption about Lawrence: ‘who is not in complete harmony with the normal’. In my view, such people often have the greatest insights into the human condition!