(b. Dundee, 16 Feb. 1885; d. St Andrews, 14 Dec. 1947) Actor and comedian who began in his parents' touring company, gravitated to revue and thence into pantomime and variety. Real success came when he began singing patter songs of his own composition like ‘I'm 94 Today’ and ‘I Belong to Glasgow’. These, together with his shrewdly observed character studies (the railway guard, the local doctor, the village idiot, the ship's engineer) soon endeared him to an international public. He visited the United States twice, appeared in four Royal Variety Performances, became a regular broadcaster and made numerous films.
From The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre in Oxford Reference.