It often happens that when a famous man is raised to the peerage and takes a title other than his surname, his previous work and identity are lost in his new honour. That will not be the case with John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir. He will be remembered by hundreds of thousands of readers who have found entertainment and instruction in the books of John Buchan, while as Lord Tweedsmuir he will have a niche in the history of the British Commonwealth as the Governor-General since 1935 of the great Dominion of Canada.
The last five months of his tenure of office saw Canada's whole-hearted effort in her military support of the Empire at war. As he lay on his death-bed the third contingent of Canadian troops arrived in Britain.
Lord Tweedsmuir had many high qualifications for Empire statesmanship. From 1901 to 1903 he was private secretary to Lord Milner, High Commissioner in South Africa during the first few difficult years that followed the Boer War.
Member of Parliament for eight years, his service with the British G.H.Q. in France during the last war, and later as Minister of Information, made him particularly well-fitted to put his great energy and talents at the service of Canada's war effort.