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 Scottish Names
by
Raymond Vattese

Read by Marilyn Wright

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                                            I love the names o Scotland:
                                            Ecclefechan, Auchenblae,
                                            Fordoun, Gourdon, Forfar, Kirkcudbright,
                                            Dunnichen, Echt, Panadram, Drumtochty,
                                            and wha could ignore Auchtermuchty?
 
                                            I love the names o Scotland:
                                            hoo they dirl thro me, the stounds
                                            o consonants, nieves o soonds
                                            that dunt on the map; ilka ane redoonds
                                            wi stickit pride: these are my boonds!
 
                                            I love the names o Scotland:
                                            Friockheim, Fettes, Pittenweem, Pitcaithly,
                                            Dunnottar, Dunfermline, Aberdower, Invertay,
                                            Catterline, Corstorphine, Craigmillar, Cruden Bay,
                                            and wha could ignore Clachnaharry?
 
                                            I love the names o Scotland:
                                            hoo e'en the prosaic is owreset
                                            intil a ferlie ye canna forget,
                                            tho it's aiblins but a place whaur burns aince met
                                            or a wee wuid fort wis, and is yet,
 
                                            but only in his name. Oor past's
                                            chairted for us, oor history's here,
                                            in Balmaha, Birnam, Dunblane, Ardersier;
                                            the names clash oot, tirl on the ear,
                                            and wha could ignore braw Durisdeer?
 
                                            I love the names o Scotland,
                                            the names that are oors, and tho Wounded Knee
                                            is fine and fair and sad, it's no Fyvie,
                                            and gin Montrose, whaun I dee, winna hae me:
                                            bury my hairt in the cricket-pitch o Freuchie!

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