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Aní are ye weel,

Bold Rab Mossgeil

Hoo gans the ferminí wrastle?

Cam ben the hoose,

Tak up yir gless

For noo forget the hassle.

Forget a wee the winí wracked days

Bent tae the couterís crash

The back breakiní


Stagger ower the riggs

Beneath the cauld winís lash.

Tak up yir gless

I urge again aní come,

Souní oot yir latest ditty

In guid aulí Ayrshire brogue gie tongue

Thoí it be wise or witty.


Relax aulí freiní enjoy yirselí

Mah bonny rhyminí Billie,

Ah, ye needna keek in

black brouíd glance

For fear oí Holy Wullie.

Heís gan awa a wee ah hear

Tae face his Aulí Licht Goad

Nae mair heíll tramp,

A green- kneed spy,

The cauld Barskimminí road.

Nae mair heíll push his dreepiní neb

Intae the deals oí ithers

Aní girniní gan tae spill his gree

Amang his Holy Brithers.

Nae mair síall blushiní dearies

Afore yon pious fool

Mount up wií trimlin herts an lips

The cursed cutty-stool.


Sae let us pray that frae this day

Itís known bí evíry man aní woman

ĎThoí aw may gang a kenniní wrang

 Tae step aside is human

Aye Rab, aní sae ye wrote yirselí

 Lang years ago itís true

We hope aní pray this verra day

 Thatís the least oí whit we do.


Aye Rab, a hunnert years an mair

Hae passed below dear Albaís sky

But every year mid Janwar  winí

Sounís oot that glorious cry,

Come yin, cam aw tak up yir gless,

Souní oot a sang aní reel

Tae Scotiaís poet raise a toast

In memory oí

 Rab Mossgeil.


                        George McEwan


                                October 19, 2006


For W.F. Davidson

Freiní aní brither Poet


Poems of George McEwan

The Times Are Aye A-Chaingin'


Blues for Billy


The Cairders Burn and Cultiezeoun


Summer Breakaway

Tak' Up Yir Glass


I attended Carrick Academy where I first met Billy Davidson. While staying in Ayr I started and for a number of years ran, Ayr Folk Club where my friendship with Billy Connolly was forged. While working in Turner's lemonade factory I wrote ' The Welly Boot Song' which for a while was Billy's theme song. I've been writing for a long time, mostly poetry in dialect or with a Native American theme. Through the Maybole website I renewed my friendship with Billy Davidson and since then we've been corresponding and exchanging ideas re- poetry in general. These few here include a couple with a 'Glasgow' theme just for interest. While growing up in Maybole my big buddy was Peter Finnie. Alas we lost touch, and I've been searching for him for years now and would be grateful for any news of him. 

George McEwan.  MGMMcEwan@aol.com  October 2006

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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