Document 991

The Rowans

Author(s): Prof Christian Kay

Copyright holder(s): Prof Christian Kay


The Rowans

When Autumn comes
with colours gay,
And berries, juicy, soft
and round,
The rowan is brightest
and best of all
The fragrant fruits upon
the ground.

The berries are round
and bright and red,
The leaves are tinted in
Autumn hues,
They make the brightest
That Mother Nature can

And so I praise the
And ne'er more glad
could be
That we chose for our
The colourful rowan

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Information about Document 991

The Rowans


Text audience

Children (under 13s)
Audience size 6-20
Writer knew intended audience

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1952
Word count 76

Text publication details

Part of larger text
Contained in School group project: "Rowans Chronicles"
Editor Christian Kay

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Author details

Author id 606
Title Prof
Forenames Christian
Surname Kay
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Academic
Place of birth Edinburgh
Region of birth Midlothian
Birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Glasgow
Region of residence Glasgow
Residence CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of residence Scotland
Father's place of birth Leith
Father's region of birth Midlothian
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's place of birth Edinburgh
Mother's region of birth Midlothian
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes All
Scots No Yes No Yes Work