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Beautiful Aberfoyle in Poetry

    William Topaz McGonagall (March 1825– 29 September 1902) was an Irish weaver, poet and actor who lived in Scotland. He won notoriety as an extremely bad poet who exhibited no recognition of, or concern for, his peers’ opinions of his work. Indeed views as to the quality of his poetry differ.

    Judge from yourself as to his take on Aberfoyle:

    Beautiful Aberfoyle

    “The mountains and glens of Aberfoyle are beautiful to sight,
    Likewise the rivers and lakes are sparkling and bright;
    And its woods were frequented by the Lady of the Lake,
    And on its Lakes many a sail in her boat she did take.

    The scenery there will fill the tourist with joy,
    Because ’tis there once lived the bold Rob Roy,
    Who spent many happy days with his Helen there,
    By chasing the deer in the woods so fair.

    The little vale of Aberfoyle and its beautiful river
    Is a sight, once seen, forget it you’ll never;
    And romantic ranges of rock on either side
    Form a magnificent background far and wide”.

    The poem runs to 10 verses in total.

    William Topaz Mc Gonagill

    James Kennedy March 2021