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A Selection of Scottish Poetry

An anthology of some fine Scottish poems.

BURNS, Robert (1759 – 1796) Scotland’s National Bard

Born Ayrshire, Scotland. Poet and Writer. Amongst many other works he wrote “Auld Lang Syne” which is now sung world-wide at the end of functions and particularly at the end of the year. Scots celebrate “Burn’s Night” on the 25th January.


JAMIE, Kathleen

Scottish poet, b. Renfrewshire 1962.

LERMONTOV, Mikhail Yuryevich (1814-1841) Russia’s Leading Romantic Poet


Proud of his Scottish ancestry, he was descended from George Learmont, a Scottish mercenary who entered the Russian service with considerable success in the 17th century.

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MACKAY BROWN, George (1921 – 1996)

Poet and Novelist born on the Island of Orkney. A prolific writer, “The Storm” (1954) was his first work. He suffered from tuberculosis which interrupted his studies at Newbattle Abbey College and the University of Edinburgh.

MELVILLE, Elizabeth, Lady Culross (1578-1640) Poet

The first known Scottish female poet to appear in print.

Murray Lachlan Young (The million dollar poet)

Born in the United States with a Scottish father and an English mother. He became the first poet to be given a million dollar record deal when he was signed up by EMI in 1996.

SCOTT, Sir Walter (1771-1832) Historical Author, Playwright & Poet

Born Edinburgh, Scotland. Widely regarded as father of the historical novel.

Scottish Achievement, Influence & Heritage is a work in progress