Poems “The Stone of Remembrance” and “The Maiden of Colla” by Rev. Dugald MacEchern, 1902
Small booklet of two poems by the Rev. Dugald MacEchern written in 1902. (1) The Stone of Remembrance. This poem is about the memorial stone of Heylipol Church, Tiree, which was laid by Lady Victoria Campbell, accompanied by Miss Percy, on August 19th 1902, which happened to be the anniversary of the Battle of Otterburn. (2) The Maiden of Colla. This poem appears to be in remembrance of a deceased unnamed girl of Coll, and first appeared in the magazine “The Peoples Friend”. The blood-red flower mentioned in the text, and drawn on the last page, is the Bloody Crane`s-bill or Creachlach Dearg that grows in abundance amongst the marram at the west end of Coll. Rev. MacEchern was a family friend of the Clements of Gallanach, Coll in the early 1900s.