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I am trying to find Jan Watt from Kilbirnie who left the area in 2007/2008 she was last known to be living in Ireland after working for the Buchanan Hotel in Glasgow for many years.
If you know of her, kindly ask her to contact Joseph McTaggart using the “contact me” button on this site.
I am concerned for her during these difficult times.
A feature about the photographer AB Glen, the photographer from Kilbirnie/Dalry (please see my other page about his family). Other names included in this issue are: Taylor, Bray, Davidson, Gibson, McBeth, Hill, Durney, Breckenridge, Hynd Henderson, Aiton, Watson.MCKendrick, Reekie, Thorburn, Dumphy, Ferguson, Andrew, Bulloch, McCabe, Higgins, Kelly. Robertson, Downie, McDowall, Geddes. McCallum Barry, Munro, BArclay, McBlane, Knox, Glen, Carlyle, Curran, clelland, purdie, Dickie, Davidson, Clark, whitelaw, hamilton, Menzies , Muir, Robertson, McDonald, Young, Moodie, Kane, Martin, Roberson, Kirkaldy Calderwood and Bray.
This one is about the Rowan Tree which was in my Grandfather’s garden in Castle Drive, Kilbirnie It is likely still there.
I wanted the poem to catch that idea that some people relish the shade but then complain about the darkness 🙂
In the shade of Grandpa’s house
There stood a Rowan Tree
Where my Brother tried to climb
With Rosalyn and me
Every day my Grandpa came
Admired it´s towering boughs
While we as children playing there
Saw darkened twigs and crows
Shadows hung upon his life
With towering darkened power
Yet we as children plain could see
Their withering every hour
Its leaves held back the sunshine light
Its branches stern with years
Sitting with his chair and pipe
It calmed away his fears
Yet we as children playing in sight
Saw only twigs and leaves
Revealing more of sky to us
Than he could ever see
We pointed up at shafts of light
Throughout the darkened power
Whilst he preferred the shaded glade
To pass the wakened hour
We saw sun and endless days
Upon his chair he sat
Despite the passing years it stood
The tree was sound at heart
The Harp – by Joseph McTaggart
If Marriage were a Harp with strings
We´d surely sweep a strain
Bringing joy to Paisley town
While playing sweet refrains
We’d play a song on Fulbar road
And at the Bield scout hall
We´d play it at the social clubs
and laughing, folks would fall
We’d play the Harp upon the braes
While young men play away
While older couples watch sunset
the Harp would gently sway
We’d sweep a strain of sad refrain
At Coats mills passing by
We’d touch upon a melody
Where many threads were tied
We’d play the Harp across the track
As cyclists wave us by
We’d play and wait at graveyard´s gates
For those who´ve said goodbye
We’d play a tune right at the schools
The Children would be pleased
We’d pass the Harp to little ones
To hold upon their knees
And at the rail-way with it´s sounds
We´d play a strain so glad
Then leave the Harp at Gilmour Street
For travellers who feel bad
To strain some sounds of happiness
And joy for all the town
To watch it grow with sadness no!
But, all to gather round
And as young men in later years
watch Paisley grow and change
the Harp will say, much more than words
of Love which e´r remains
So next time ye are in County Square
and music, sounds so low,
take time to gather round the Harp
near where the Cart does flow
A strain which sweeps a Lover´s heart
With gladness, faith and joy
And plays its tune eternally
For all who will enjoy
An everlasting song of Love
surpassing space and time
a Love which lasts eternally
Which no man can define
Paisley Peace Group is a voluntary group of people who meet regularly in Paisley, Renfrewshire. The group has three main aims:
Acknowledge: We acknowledge there is a force of Good in our lives which cannot be defined, we seek to acknowledge that good, share it and to be expectant of it.
Educate: The group’s charism is to teach and affirm English as a second language, we strive to offer ourselves as teachers and mentors both face to face and online and assist with the Group’s classroom activities when they take place. Students amongst us are paired with teachers or mentors and fully participate in all of our activities.
Inspire: We inspire our students to believe they can speak and communicate better and we carry inspiration to other people to join us, to become the best teachers and mentors they can be.
Paisley Peace Group is strictly not affiliated with any doctrine, Church, hierarchy or other denominational guideline and is open to absolutely anyone. We do not seek or solicit funding from students and meet our own costs when they arise.
Full training is provided. To get involved, please contact me using this site.