Descended from the Scottish poet, John MacLaurin (1734-1796), Duncan Gillies MacLaurin was born in Glasgow in 1962. He went to boarding school in Perthshire
and took up an Exhibition in the Classics at Oxford. He left without taking his degree, and, after a short spell at London University studying French,
Psychology and Anthropology, he spent two years busking in the streets and subways of Europe. In 1986 he met his future wife, Danish journalist and writer, Ann
Bilde, in Italy, and he went to live in Denmark. He took degrees in English and Latin at Aarhus University, and he teaches these subjects at Frederikshavn Gymnasium.