all, far and near,
who have associations
Round about The Round O
with its Poets
The drawings by John Adam, Edinburgh
Reproduced by Amand Durand, Paris
Published in Arbroath by
Thomas Buncle, Printers 1883
Edited, with notes,
by George Hay, F. S. A. Scot.
Author of the History of Arbroath
book owes its existence to the desire of the publisher
that Arbroath and its neighbourhood, a district with
which he has been long connected, should receive worthy
pictorial illustration. The pictures will probably be
regarded by subscribers, and by all into whose hands
the book may fall, as its chief attraction. These speak
for themselves, but it may be mentioned here that the
publisher was fortunate in obtaining the services of
Mr. John Adam, Edinburgh, for the drawings. Mr. Adam
is himself an Arbroath man, and I believe has thrown
into his part of the work - a very important part -
much of the love which he bears for his native place.
The engravings are faithful reproductions of the drawings
by M. Durand's admirable héliogravure process."
regard to the letterpress department, it was considered
that a book poetically descriptive of the district -
its scenery and legends - would be interesting, particularly
to Arbroath men. Mr. Buncle put into my hands a considerable
mass of local verse, and from it I have made such selections
as seemed to me best suited to the purpose. Preference
has been given to poems having some local bearing :
I have introduced, however, a few of a more general
character, but by local authors. Some of the poems were
written for the work, and among them are several by
writers who are mentioned in the brief biographical
notes as having published collected editions of their
poems. Excepting a few which contain nothing of local
interest, or nothing suitable for reproduction here,
I have made some reference in the notes to all books
of verse printed and published at Arbroath, so far as
these are known to me."
"I am indebted to Mr. Alexander Gardyne, London,
and to his extensive collection of the minor poetry
of Scotland, for some valuable suggestions. Mr. Gardyne,
who also is a native of Arbroath, has taken not a little
interest in the progress of 'Round about the Round O,
with it's Poets.' "
Arbroath, November 1882.
'Round about the Round O with its Poets', 1883.