Wi kintra flouers that
ilka back end, tae guide a ray
O howpfu licht alang the way
Near haund an airt whyles rent wi fear.
Sic thouchts had Andra
Fletcher never kent
In spite o bluid, weir, flytins sair
His buirdlie steel no aince wes lent
Tae please anither; a
man fell shair
Whit Fredome til a people meant
Nae greitin sauchs breird neist his lair.
This poem first appeared in 'Scots Glasnost' under the auspices of
the Scots Independent and Neil R MacCallum supplied the following
'It is thocht that the name o Saltoun
aiblins derives frae either the Gaelic (Seillach) or Latin (Salix)
maenin the toun o the sauchs. The following sonnet wes
scrievit tae merk the publication o Paul H Scott's new biographie
(Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun known as The Patriot) and wes first read
at the annual Commemoration ceremonie held in East Saltoun Kirk on
12th September 1992.