William John Milroy, always known as Jack, is a Scotchman, born on 21st September, 1938, in Glasgow, where his parents, Robert and Anna Milroy, had a pawn-broking and jewellery business. He has two much younger brothers. Glasgow, as the backdrop to his early childhood, remains a powerfully influential memory. He is a city boy. In the late 1940s, when he was about nine or ten – he can’t remember exactly when – the family moved to Scarborough. There, at the age of eleven, he entered the local Grammar School. Is Jack a Yorkshireman too, if it is possible to be so by adoption? He is certainly a Northerner, by loyalty, prejudice and temperament.