Robert Douglas is a memoirist and novelist, originally from Maryhill in Glasgow. He left school aged 15, and joined the boys’ service of the RAF following the death of his mother in 1954. In 1962 he became a prison officer in Birmingham, where had , Moors murderer Ian Brady and gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kay were under his care. In 1988 he wrote a story for the Bristol Evening Post about the last days of the death penalty in the UK; a neighbour encouraged him to continue to write.
Douglas Robert was 66 when his first volume of memoirs, Night Song of the Last Tram, was published in 2005. The first volume covered his childhood in Glasgow, and its sequel, Somewhere to Lay My Head, discussed his time in the RAF. The final volume in the series, At Her Majesty’s Pleasure, covered his work as a prison officer. After his memoirs were published, Douglas turned to fiction with the novels Whose Turn for the Stairs? and Staying On Past the Terminus, set in a fictional Glasgow tenement in Maryhill.
He retired in 1995, intending to paint, and instead wrote his memoirs and novels. He lives in Corbridge near Hexham with his second wife Patricia, and has two adult children.