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The Patriot
Neil R MacCallum

Click here to listen to this poem read by Peter D Wright

Nae greitin sauchs amang the steir.
Thrie o the knock ane autumn Setterday
East Saltoun Kirk is niver wae
Her face aye sheenin bricht an clear.

Wi kintra flouers that maun appear
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 note -
'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.


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