Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925–2006), was one of the most prominent post-war British artists.
Finlay first made his reputation as a writer, publishing short stories and plays in the 1950s. In 1961 he founded the Wild Hawthorn Press with Jessie McGuffie and became known internationally as Britain’s foremost concrete poet. As a sculptor, he worked collaboratively in a wide range of materials. In 1966 Finlay and his family moved to the hillside farm of Stonypath, southwest of Edinburgh, and began to transform the surrounding land into a unique garden, named Little Sparta.