Scottish War Poets

A Highland Regiment –  Ewart Alan Mackintosh

Marlborough and Other Poems – Charles Hamilton Sorley

Deveron Days – Mary Symon

A Sough O’War – Charles Murray

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To commemorate the Centenary of the First World War, a collection of poetry from four Scottish Poets of the period, two of whom were killed during the conflict.


A Highland Regiment by Ewart Alan Mackintosh

Currently out of print, Ewart Alan Mackintosh’s war poems, collected in A Highland Regiment, are imbued with a strong sense of duty to his fellow soldiers and a profound sympathy for the pain and suffering of all men at the Front. Mackintosh’s poetry is often compared to the work of Rupert Brooke and lines from his poem ‘A Creed’ appear on the Scottish American war memorial in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh.

Marlborough and Other Poems  by Charles Hamilton Sorley

Charles Hamilton Sorley’s poetry, some of which were collected together in Marlborough and Other Poems and published posthumously in 1916, is not currently available as an ebook. His unsentimental style was in contrast to many of his contemporaries. Robert Graves described Sorley as ‘one of the three poets of importance killed during the war’, the others being Isaac Rosenberg and Wilfred Owen. Poet Laureate John Masefield regarded Sorley’s death as the greatest loss of all the poets who perished. Sorley’s last poem was recovered from his possessions after his death.

Deveron Days by Mary Symon

Mary Symon penned several of the best-known poems capturing the terrible impact of the First World War on the people of Scotland. ‘The Soldiers’ Cairn’ and ‘The Glen’s Muster Roll’, in particular, brought her popular acclaim. Deveron Days, which collected her poetry together in one volume, is not currently available either as a physical book or as an ebook. It includes Symon’s skilful adaptations of three poems by Béranger as well as her well-known and very moving war poetry.

A Sough O’War by Charles Murray

Charles Murray was 49 when the First World War broke out and already a well-regarded poet. A Sough O’War consists of the poetry he wrote during The War. The poems he wrote early in the conflict were patriotic, but he showed a more profound insight into the impact of war on ordinary people in his later work. Murray wrote predominantly in Doric and did much to validate the use of the dialect.
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