Document 36

The Hawthorn Tree - A true story

Author(s): George Hynd

Copyright holder(s): George Hynd


When ah came here first in '63
In the field jist ower the back frae me
Grew a wonderful thing
A wee Hawthorn tree

It wisnae very big, aboot twelve inches high
Wi wee tiny branches reachin' up fur the sky
Fightin' fur growin' space in a big tangled mass
O a' sorts o rubbish, an long chokin' grass

One wee tree all alone in a big muckle field
An frae the winter winds there wis nothin' tae shield
it, as it stood all alone a' covered in snaw
Patiently waitin' fur springtime's thaw

But that wee tree survived
Ye can mark by words
An on its thin branches
Sometimes there sat birds

Whae jist sat there an whistled
An preened their wee feathers
That tree wis their perch
In a' sorts o weathers

Ah watched each year as it grew bit by bit
An it reached the great height o nearly six fit
A bonny sight in the summer a' covered in bloom
Lovely white blossom an frangrant perfume

Then one day progress came rollin' along
An the roarin' o engines drowned out the bird song
And that wis the end o that bonnie wee tree
As it wis ripped oot the earth by a big J.C.B.

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The Hawthorn Tree - A true story


Text audience

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Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1995
Word count 211

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Author details

Author id 611
Forenames George
Surname Hynd
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment None
Age left school 15
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Plasterer
Place of birth Dunfermline
Region of birth Fife
Birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Bilston, Roslin
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's occupation Plasterer
Father's place of birth Kelty
Father's region of birth Fife
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Kelty
Mother's region of birth Fife
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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