Poems of Maybole and Carrick
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Introduction

I have always been a great admirer of Robert Burns since I was at school.  However, I never wrote a poem or even read much poetry until New Year's Day of 1991. On that particular day I was reorganizing my song books and sheet music. From one of the books fell a piece of music paper with three bars of music and the words; "By the Bonnie River Stinchar." Upon closer examination it turned out to be in my hand writing and it was an attempt to write a song from approximately thirty years earlier. I sat down and completed that first poem within an hour. The following day I wrote "Take Me Home" and to this day I continue to write poetry and revise many of my existing poems. The poems vary in form and subject and many contain references about my experiences in life, including growing up in Maybole and south western Scotland.
                                                                       ..................William F. Davidson

Links to Poems of Maybole and Carrick by William Davidson

INTRODUCTION
NewA BIRTHDAY EPISTLE TO ROBERT BURN

To Robert Burns-January 25, 2017)

       Your presence is requested on

          February 4th, 2017 at 6:30 P.M.

 Mayboleís 500th. Anniversary Supper

DEAR BROTHER FRIEND KIRKLAND STREET IS THE PIPER O'KILBARCHAN DEAD?
A BIRTHDAY EPISTLE TO ROBERT BURNS I DREAM OF JOURNEY'S END SCHOOL MATES

THE CAPITAL OF CARRICK

I LOVE YOU CALEDONIA

SCOTTISH BARDS

THE BATTLE AT DUNEANE GOAT'S GREEN THE BEECH TREE
MY AULD FRIENí MACINTOSH KILHENZIE GLEN THE BONNIE RIVER STINCHAR
TAKE ME HOME LAND OF MIRTH  THE GARPIN
BALLANTRAE MOCHRUM SHADOWS THE GIRVAN
AULD HARRY PEDEN'S THORN WHERE THE STINCHAR FLOWS
EPISTLE TO GEORGE MACMILLAN DAVIDSON A SON'S FAREWELL THE PRINCE Oí STANDART HABBIE

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More About the Author

William F. Davidson was born in Ayr, Scotland in 1939. Raised in Maybole, he attended Cairn Primary School & Carrick Academy before emigrating to Canada in October 1956. He traveled throughout Canada and the United States for three years before taking up permanent residence in New York in 1959. Mr. Davidson has also lived and worked in Australia for two years. He is married with one son. Several family members continue to live in Maybole. E-mail wdavidson44@gmail.com Photo: William Davidson with his wife Helga.


Carrick Academy schoolmates reunited after 50 years!


They were at Carrick Academy together in the 1950s then lost contact until they got back in touch through the Maybole web site and met up again five years ago for the first time in 50 years. In July 2009 George McEwan and Bill Davidson met up again in the Welltrees Inn in this Year of Homecoming, George travelling from Glasgow and Bill all the way from New York. Billís son had suggested that a trip to Turnberry for The Open would be a great present for Billís 70th birthday and he jumped at the chance to come back to his roots and meet up with family and friends. more


Remnants of a Scottish Childhood


Former Maybole man William Davidson has just released his first book of poems. Called Remnants of a Scottish Childhood, the ISBN number is 978-1-4787-8 and it is available on amazon.com.

Bill tells us that if anyone would like to buy a copy he would appreciate if they could write a review. He first began his study of poetry in the early nineties, fascinated by the variety of verse forms and techniques that lend themselves to poetic expression. As a member of Ramapough Poets of Rockland County, he found that this group of dedicated writers helped pave the way for his understanding and love of all things poetic.In his book Bill uses a variety of forms, including some Scottish dialect, which is where his natural inclinations and poetic sentiments lie. His poems reflect his youthful memories growing up in Scotland. more