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Welcome to the Poetry, Songs and Writers of Scotland


Scotland is steeped in history, traditions and culture, and the poems that stem from that culture are unique, both in language and style.

The purpose of this site is to bring to life the poetry of Scotland, both past and present, and to make it available to the world by raising its profile, while keeping the spirit of Scotland alive in verse.

Featured on this site are:

* Songs and Poems by Burns

* A selection of the ancient Scottish Ballads

* Examples of McGonagall's worst poems

* A list of Scottish Writers and their best-known works

* A selection of Traditional Scottish Songs

* Examples of modern poems and songs written by modern-day indigenous Scots and ex-patriot Scots

* Examples of modern poems and songs written by other modern-day writers from around the world

* A Scots Glossary to help with any Scots words used in the Poems of Burns and others


Who are the Scots?

Gaelic became the predominant language across Scotland in the 9th century as more Scots arrived from Ireland. Gaelic is still spoken in the Western Isles and some parts of the Highland region of the Scottish mainland. The Scottish Executive and the BBC have sponsored an initiative to encourage the more widespread use of Gaelic across Scotland.

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The Declaration of Arbroath
6 April 1320

This poem reflects on the proposal in October 2012 by the Scottish Government to reduce the alcohol driving limit, in an attempt to tackle the problem of drink driving in Scotland.

Another Day has Been Had

Breathless, we gasp at the loss of life.
While an expulsion of alcohol-measured breath,
for some, holds no fear - is no deterrent!

Will thirty milligrams less make a difference,
or will drivers have no care, that
eighty milligrams has had its day?

Expectant, we will watch that passing day, and
holding our collective breath, hope that
many will be saved to breathe again!


New Poems

  1. April's Moods

  2.  
  3. Still Frame

  4.  
  5. Shadows

  6.  
  7. a nation in an undividing galaxy

  8.  
  9. Lokkaminnie's Oo

  10.  
  11. Red Castle Lunan Bay

  12.  
  13. Oh Calcutta, Calcutta Cup

  14.  
  15. Your House

  16.  
  17. I Know It's Spring

  18.  
  19. Tribe

  20.  
  21. Old Galloway's Mull

  22.  
  23. McAlister

  24.  
  25. The Gates of Innocence

  26.  
  27. Spring Song

  28.  
  29. Atonement

  30.  
  31. To Dream a Thousand Dreams

  32.  
  33. Coorie Doon

  34.  
  35. What Gardener Tills the Night?

  36.  
  37. The Bairn

  38.  
  39. Tilting at Windmills

  40.  
  41. Lents Slow March

New Songs

  1. 6 Questions

  2.  
  3. Norma Allan

  4.  
  5. Dream Collector

  6.  
  7. A Trader's Carol

  8.  
  9. Where Is The Woman Who Loves Me?

  10.  
  11. Through and Through

  12.  
  13. Song of Madeleine

  14.  
  15. A Scotland Farewell

  16.  
  17. Song for Don

  18.  
  19. Children In Need

  20.  
  21. Catterthun's

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