Poems, Ballads, Songs and Stories

Poems, Ballads, Songs and Stories etc. of Scotland

This section is about the Poems, Ballads, Songs and Stories etc. of Scotland by local poets and authors, written either in English or Scottish dialect. Some of these are traditional ballads and stories.

There is a tribute to Dorothy M Paulin who lived much of her remarkable life in Dumfries & Galloway, many of them in the Glenkens.
Read the article "A Remarkable Woman"

William McMath (F.S.A. Scot.) was born in Brighton in 1844, son of Alexander McMath who came from Parton and Mary Webster, who came from Airds of Kells, New Galloway. His family appear to have moved back to Dumfries and Galloway, as he was educated at a private school in Caerlaverock (near Dumfries). He then became apprenticed to a solicitor in Castle Douglas, before moving to Edinburgh in 1867, where he had a responsible position in one of the principal law offices. He was very well known for his knowledge of the historical and romantic ballads of Scotland, and he contributed greatly to Professor Francis Child's book, "The English and Scottish Popular Ballads". His papers are preserved at Broughton House, in Kirkcudbright, owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

"A Forgotten Heritage" is a collection of original folk tales of lowland Scotland, edited by Hannah Aitken. A tape and subsequently a CD were produced with people reading them who came from the areas that the stories were from.