Document 636

Dipper: 24 - Tribute to W.H.T.Inglis

Author(s): John Reid

Copyright holder(s): John Reid


To W.H.T. Inglis, Esq., O.P.A., M.A., B.A., F.E.I.S., Director of Education for Ayrshire, on the occasion of his retirement, December 1968.

'Nae man can tether time or tide' -
Sae warned the Bard whase words, wi pride,
Ye've praised an quoted faur an wide
Doun through the years.
An nou, Authority ye lay aside
- But no wi tears!

Regrets ye'll hae, I dinna doot,
As desks an drawers are cleared oot
An books an letters bring their fruit
Frae Memory's store
Recaain mony an effort stoot,
An mony a splore.

For there maun aye be ups an douns
An even dominies in their gouns
Are no withoot their frets an frouns
An tirrivees.
An then ye've had the sichts - an souns
- o committees!

A trauchled road it whiles has been,
But, luikin backwards ower the scene
O schules the day an schules yestreen
Ye can be prood,
For Ayrshire stauns, an will remain,
Abune the crood.

Whiles special ploys ye hae promoted.
For Broomlee Camps ye hae been noted.
Oor Summer Schules hae aft been voted
'Mang Scotland's best.
Tae France ower stormy seas ye've stotted,
An stood the test.

Braw letters staun ahint yer name.
Nearhaun a dizzen mark your fame
In scholars' ranks, wi three that came
Wi French embraces,
But friens ye've made by scores, at hame
An ither places.

As ane wha's watched ye mak your mark
Since first we met at Arrowe Park,
I'd like tae wish ye, free o cark,
Lang years on pension,
For weel ye've earned frae further wark
A clear abstention.

Time nou tae bool - enjoy a book -
Ye've granweans tae tak doun a douk –
Ye're no ower auld for rod an hook
(A sport sair slighted!)
Altho' I fear ye'll never look
Past Ayr United!

tirrivee/fit of temper
Arrowe Park, Birkenhead: Site of 1929 International Boy Scout Jamboree. (Mr.Inglis was Scoutmaster of the Ayrshire Troop at that Jamboree.)

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Dipper: 24 - Tribute to W.H.T.Inglis


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1968
Word count 351
General description Anthology of prizewinning and other Scots poems, and short stories in Ayrshire Scots.

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Publisher Luath Press
Publication year 1991
Place of publication Barr, Ayrshire
ISBN/ISSN 0946487227
Edition First
Part of larger text
Contained in The Dipper an the Three Wee Deils: Tales and Poems in Ayrshire Scots
Editor Authors: Dr. J. A. Begg and J. Reid
Page numbers 53-54

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Author id 738
Forenames John
Surname Reid
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1910
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Head Teacher
Place of birth Dalry
Region of birth N Ayr
Birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Lockerbie
Region of residence Dumfries and Galloway
Residence CSD dialect area Dmf
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Commmercial Traveller
Father's place of birth Dalry
Father's region of birth N Ayr
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Beith
Mother's region of birth N Ayr
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes Home, socially
French Yes Yes Yes Yes As necessary
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Home, socially