Evan MacColl

[the Gaelic Bard of Canada] (21 September 1808 - 24 July 1898 / Kenmore / Scotland)

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Evan MacColl (1808-1898) was a Scots-Canadian Gaelic poet who also produced poems in English. He was known as the "Clarsair-nam-beann" or the Mountain Minstrel. Later he became known as "the Gaelic Bard of Canada".

Early Life

Evan MacColl was born at Kenmore on the banks of Loch Fyne, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, on the September 21, 1808. His father was Dugald MacColl who was possessed of "the richest store of Celtic song of any man living in his part of the country." His mother, Mary Cameron, "was noted for her storehouse of traditional tales, legendary and fairy tales." She was also said to be something of an 'improvisatrice' or... more »

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  • Doug McColl (11/27/2019 10:37:00 PM)

    A name-sake I have just discovered. Perhaps and most likely part of my clan (in Canada since late 1700's/ early 1800's) His heart-rendering, nature-infused verse inspires me to reawaken my own muse and poet whom I have neglected. A bard. Funny. Thanks Poem Hunter.

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Best Poem of Evan MacColl

Mairi Laghach

Chorus.—Hey, my winsome Mary,—
Mary fondly free !
Hey, my winsome Mary,
; Mary, mine to be !

Winsome, handsome Mary,
Who so fair as she ?
My own Highland lassie.
Dear as life to me !w^
130 MacColl's Poems.
Long ere in my bosom
Lodged Love's arrow keen,
Often with young Mary
In Gleiism'^oil I've beeii ;
Happy hours ! succeeded
By affection true,
Till there seem'd 'neath heaven
No such loving two !
Cnoiius.— Hey, my &o.
Often I and Mary
Desert haunts have sought,
Innocent of any
Evil deed or thought,

Cupid, sly ...

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