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Dumfries Seven Trades

"The Siller Gun" by John Mayne

Period:
18th Century
Description:

The "Siller Gun" by John Mayne is a poem about the annual shooting competition of the Seven Trades of Dumfries. First written in 1777, it proved so popular that Mayne twice wrote extra verses for it. Simply written in lowland Scots, its gentle humourous verses paint a lively picture of what life was like in Dumfries in the 18th century. The tombstones of many of its principal characters may be seen in St Michaels Churchyard, Dumfries.

Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0214.72
Digital Number:
DMTC10n
Copyright:
Dumfries and Galloway Council