Geese at Haddo, Collieston

Geese at Haddo, Collieston

J. M. Barrie is the most famous writer connected to Kirriemuir, Angus. Poet and novelist Violet Jacob should not be forgotten. A poem for which Violet remains famous celebrates the migration of wild geese. Violet wrote these lines in 1913.

'But saw ye naethin', leein' wind, afore ye cam tae Fife?
There's muckle lyin' yont the Tay that's mair to me nor life.
My man, I swept the Angus braes ye haena trod for years –
O Wind, forgie a hameless loon that canna see for tears! ---

And far abune the Angus straths I saw the wild geese flee.
A lang, lang skein o' beating wings, wi' their heids towards the sea,
And aye their cryin' voices trailed ahint them on the air ----
O Wind, hae mercy, haud yer whisht, for I daurna listen mair!'

Kirriemuir's Gateway to the Glens Museum holds a collection of Violet Jacob's work.

They fly in great V-shaped formation and the air fills with their calls. The countryside has undergone many changes over past centuries, but the sound of the geese remains a constant.

Tak Tent O Violet Jacob (1863-1946): Lisa Simmons

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Geese at Haddo, Collieston

Geese at Haddo, Collieston

J. M. Barrie is the most famous writer connected to Kirriemuir, Angus. Poet and novelist Violet Jacob should not be forgotten. A poem for which Violet remains famous celebrates the migration of wild geese. Violet wrote these lines in 1913.

'But saw ye naethin', leein' wind, afore ye cam tae Fife?
There's muckle lyin' yont the Tay that's mair to me nor life.
My man, I swept the Angus braes ye haena trod for years –
O Wind, forgie a hameless loon that canna see for tears! ---

And far abune the Angus straths I saw the wild geese flee.
A lang, lang skein o' beating wings, wi' their heids towards the sea,
And aye their cryin' voices trailed ahint them on the air ----
O Wind, hae mercy, haud yer whisht, for I daurna listen mair!'

Kirriemuir's Gateway to the Glens Museum holds a collection of Violet Jacob's work.

They fly in great V-shaped formation and the air fills with their calls. The countryside has undergone many changes over past centuries, but the sound of the geese remains a constant.

Tak Tent O Violet Jacob (1863-1946): Lisa Simmons

See the photographs bookending this image for news and a video.
Ref:
Date:
Location:
Photographer:
Yvonne Ferguson