James Chapman Craig
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JAMES CHAPMAN CRAIG (1859, New Row, Dunfermline 1931, Pilmuir Street,
Poet and Composer/Arranger of music for many Scottish songs.
James Chapman Craig was born on
the 20th of November, 1859, in New Row, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland to
James Craig (Confectioner) and Catherine Chapman who married in
Dunfermline on the 2nd of March, 1858. James Jnr. was one of nine children
born to James Snr. and Catherine by 1873 the others being, Thomas, Mary,
Isabella, Robert, John, a second Thomas on the death of the first Thomas,
Ann and Robina.
By 1881 the family had settled in 129 1/2 High
Street, Dunfermline and comprised, James CRAIG aged 45 (Confectioner
Employing 2 Men) born in Pathhead, Fife; Catherine Chapman CRAIG his wife
aged 44 born in Dunfermline, Fife; James Chapman CRAIG (Confectioner) his
son aged 21 born in Dunfermline, Fife; Isabella Oswald CRAIG
(Confectioners Shopkeeper) his daughter aged 18 born in Dunfermline,
Fife; Ann Chapman CRAIG (At School) his daughter aged 9 born in Dysart,
Fife; and Robina CRAIG (At School) his daughter aged 7 born in Dunfermline,
James Chapman Craig married Isabella Mitchell Younger in Dunfermline in
1883, and, by 1891, at 131 High Street, Dunfermline, their family
comprised, himself, aged 31 (Confectioner and Pastry Baker), his wife
Isabella, aged 31, son James aged 7, son Alexander aged 6, daughter
Isabella aged 3 and son Robert aged 2.
By 1901, then at 133 High Street,
Dunfermline, two more children had been born to James and Isabella,
namely, William then aged 9 and Jane then aged 2.
It is clear, by
this time at least, that James Chapman Craig had been composing many poems
about his familys lives. The evidence of this appears in the following
It appears that sometime after
1901, James Chapman Craig published his collected works under the title, Sangs
O Bairns An Hame, and fortunately, having found a rough manuscript copy
of his book of poems, we at Electric Scotland in 2009, can now share them
with others around the world.
1. DREAMLAND TOON 2. WEE
TAMMY TANTRUM 3. YER AIN NAME 4. A LADDIE'S POOCH 5. MERRY
BAIRNIES 6. SLEEPIN' 7. IN THE GLEN 8. THE PHILOSOPHY OF MIRTH:
HA, HA, HA! 9. NA! THERE'S NAE ROAD BACK TO YESTERDAY 10. BLANKET
BAY FOR THE LAND O' SLEEP 11. FATE 12. MY BAIRNIE'S MOU' 13. MY
BAIRNIE'S EEN 14. MY BAIRNIE'S FEET 15. MY BAIRNIE'S CHEEKS 16.
CA' CANNY 17. OOR JENNY'S BAIRN 18. "DORTY POOCHES" 19. SANDIE
SOOPLESHANKS 20. ROBBIE RED CHEEKS
21. AFTER MANY DAYS 22. DARK-HAIRED NANCY BROON 22. WHEN MEG HAS A
BAWBEE TO SPEND 23. A MITHER'S SANG 24. THE AULD KIRKYAIRD 25.
THE AULD KIRK SEATS 26. THE DAYS THAT NE'ER RETURN 27. HORSE AND
DRUM 28. NINETEEN-AN'-TWA 29. IN MEMORIAM 30. PITTENCRIEFF GLEN
31. THE WINSOME LASS O' LOGIE 32. LOST LOVE 33. THE BAIRNS AT PLAY
34. CRADLE SONG 35. A WEE WOODEN DOLL 36. OOR AIN LITTLE BOB 37.
WHEN E'ENIN' SHADOWS 38. A SONG FOR THE QUEEN 39. AULD SCOTLAND FOR
ME 40. BONNIE BIELDSIDE
41. GLOAMIN' AN' NICHTFA' 42. THE WANDERER'S SANG 43. MOTHER 44.
A FACE I SAW YESTREEN 45. SWEET ANN O' SALINE 46. FOUR SCORE 47.
FLORA M'KANE 48. WHAUR ARE A' THE KENT FOLKS 49. A BAIRN 50.
LITTLE CURLY POW
51. HUSHIE-BA' LOO 52. THE AULD KIRK BELLS: A WANDERER'S PLAINT 53.
THE BANNOCKS THAT MY MITHER USED TO MAK' 54. JOHN NEVER-PLEASED 55.
A TREACKLE PEECE 56. PLAYIN' SHOP 57. A BIRTHDAY GREETING 58.
SCOTTISH WISDOM 59. MY GRANNIE 60. O WEARY FA' THE SILLER
71. BY THE BURNSIDE 72. WEE WILLIE WAUKRIFE 73. LINES IN A YOUNG
LADY'S ALBUM 74. THE LASSES' HATS 75. THE LIFE-BOAT PROCESHION
76. MISSIE KEIR: A MEMORY SHARED BY MONY 77. THE FLYING DUTCHMAN 78.
THE STRICKEN HAME 79. LAUREL AND CYPRESS 80. MATES
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