John Hay Beith

British writer and historian

Major General John Hay Beith, CBE MC (17 April 187622 September 1952), was a British schoolmaster and soldier, but is best remembered as a novelist, playwright, essayist, and historian who wrote under the pen name Ian Hay.

Ian Hay Beith


  • War is hell, and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peace-time.
    • First Hundred Thousand (book, 1915)
  • What do you mean, funny? Funny-peculiar or funny ha-ha?
    • Housemaster (play, 1936)
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