below extracts were printed Saturday,
1st December, 1906.
'Round about the Round O with its Poets'.
Mr Hay was born in Edinburgh on 9th March 1831. He was
educated at a private academy kept by a namesake, Mr
David Hay, who in his day was well known in Edinburgh
as a sound scholar and able teacher.
leaving school he was apprenticed to a printer, and
learned all the practical work of the business. In those
days hours of work were long, and lads had little time
for self improvement but even then the literary tastes
which afterwards became so marked were strong in the
boy, and what leisure he had was devoted to the study
of literature both by reading and writing.
He made the acquaintance, too of others having like
tastes, amongst whom were Thomas Buncle, afterwards
proprietor of T. Buncle & Co. Ltd.
1860 Mr Hay received the appointment of editor of the
'Courier and Argus,' Dundee. He found, however, that
the strain of the night work especially was telling
upon his health, and in November 1862 he accepted the
editorship of the 'Arbroath Guide,' then owned and printed
by T. Buncle & Co. Ltd.
1883 Mr Buncle issued from his press a sumptuous volume
entitled 'Round About the Round O with its Poets', which
was edited, with notes, by Mr Hay, and had many exquisite
drawings by an Arbroath man, Mr John Adam, of Edinburgh,
reproduced by Amand Durand, Paris. Into this book the
editor put a great deal of excellent work.
Hay remained in the employment of Buncle during the
long period of forty-four years until his death in 1906
print for illustrative purposes only.
from Mr George Hay's notes appear at the bottom of each
republished 'Round O' print,
describing the scene as it was then in the 19th century.
glimpse into Arbroath's past.
Browse though our online print shop to see the current
collection of available prints. The series will eventually
total 124 fine art giclée reproductions 8 of
which show the Arbroath Abbey (available as a set).
You can also purchase an antique Scottish map as well
as the official poster print showing The Declaration