Ian is an obscure writer and historian originally from Livingston in West Lothian. He has also lived in Edinburgh and in Ireland. Ian left school in 1994 to begin a career in warehousing and distribution. That career was cut short in 2002 when he was almost killed during a brutal, unprovoked assault and arson attack. Ian lost his legs and suffered 65% burns , spending almost a year in hospital. Severely physically disabled for life and unable to resume his 8-year career in warehousing, Ian went 'back to school' and became a historian, after studying at Edinburgh University. In 2007 he released his first book 'Burnt', a heavily censored survival memoir of his ordeal and its immediate aftermath. He has been writing ever since.
These days arthritis, PTSD and general poor health have forced him to virtually retire and he now writes books and newspaper articles about Hibernian FC, in addition to doing charity work and helping physiotherapy and medical students, whenever he can.