The Paisley Poet

RT from WikipediaA few years ago we were researching my family and came across Jeanie Tannahill, my Scottish great-great grandmother. Her surname was new to us so we tried to find more about the name as well as about Jeanie and her relatives.

We soon came across the collected works of a poet and songwriter called Robert Tannahill. The book had a detailed introduction which told us, "TANNAHILL is a common surname in Ayrshire; in 1547 there were seven families in Kilmarnock bearing that appellation. We have no intention of tracing them downwards to the present time, but merely to remark that the Paisley Poet of that name would be descended from one of these families."

Even more interesting, the book's introduction showed us that Robert Tannahill and I shared common ancestors - the Paisley Poet was part of my family tree!

Of course, we had to find out more. We discovered that Robert Tannahill wrote many poems and songs, some still sung today. In 1805 he co-founded the world's oldest Burns Club, devoted to the memory of the great Robert Burns and, he wrote the poem that became "Wild Mountain Thyme," one of my favourite folk songs.

These web pages are the result of our researches. If they've piqued your curiosity, you'll find further pages linked under "Other Robert Tannahill Websites" which are often more detailed and informative.


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