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Ian McDonald McRobert McCrae J.P.

E-mail Address: mccraeian@hotmail.com
Please include the word 'POETRY' in the subject line of any email you send.

Why write poetry, Poet?

I am the seventh son of David and Annie McCrae from the Rinns of Galloway. Our family tree has been traced back to the McCraes of Kintail, and I am a distant relative of John McCrae (poet) of The Flanders Fields.

How did you get started writing poetry?

I was educated at Longcastle School in the Machars of Galloway. I worked in Ayrshire as an agricultural student before immigrating to New South Wales Australia in 1960. I am President of the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand and a member of the United Justices Association in New South Wales. Poetry has always been part of my life; perhaps it is in the blood. I know that Scotland is always in my heart.

Who were your influences?

My wife Joan supports and encourages me to write poetry, she said it keeps me out of her hair. I am very proud of my links with Scotland and I am determined to promote our cultural heritage.

Examples of poetry.

  1. A Call From home
  2. A Little Mouse
  3. A Lost Child
  4. A New Tomorrow
  5. A Perfect Place
  6. An Old Armchair
  7. Attack on London
  8. Back Home In Galloway
  9. Born in Scotland
  10. Christmas Cheer
  11. Christmas Love
  12. Christmas Smile
  13. Dream Time
  14. Forgotten Dignity
  15. From My Bedroom Window
  16. Galloway All Over
  17. Galloway Folk
  18. Ghosts and Things
  19. Goodnight Scotland
  20. Hay Day
  21. Home for Christmas
  22. I Remember You
  23. Just A Quiet Life
  24. Kintail In My Dreams
  25. Longing For Scotland
  26. My Homeland Scotland
  27. My Land Galloway
  28. No Goodbyes
  1. Noel's Old Shoes
  2. Only A Bluebell
  3. Poverty in Africa
  4. Remember Me
  5. Robert Burns Down Under
  6. Scotland I
  7. Scotland II
  8. Scotland Forever
  9. Scotland My Heart
  10. Scotland My Hame
  11. Scotland Still
  12. Scots In Exile
  13. Self-importance of Man
  14. Thank You Lord
  15. The Ace of Spades
  16. The Coal Bucket
  17. The Galloway I Love
  18. The Green Hills of Galloway
  19. The Hills of Home
  20. The MacRae Grace
  21. The Old Fashioned Way
  22. The Way It Is
  23. The Way It Used To Be
  24. The Year of The Coming Home 2009
  25. Time To Remember Scotland
  26. Tsunami
  27. Voice of my Homeland
  28. Yearnings in My Heart

Examples of Songs

Land of my Dreams

Who are the Scots?

Robert Burns
(1759 - 1796)
Poet, writer and song writer who wrote 'Auld Lang Syne' which is now sung at the end of functions all over the world. The Scots celebrate 'Burn's Night' every year on the 25th January.

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