In the Cairngorms is both the title of Nan Shepherd’s single book of poetry, and a useful shorthand for where the heart of this remarkable novelist, teacher and mountaineer lay.
Mary Campbell Smith was the author of the well-known poem about the boy on the train to Kirkcaldy, included in so many anthologies of popular Scottish verse.
Born in New Zealand, Sydney Goodsir Smith nevertheless became one of the most interesting of poets writing in Scots in the mid twentieth century.
William Soutar overcame his ill-health to write poetry in celebration of ‘the generosity of life’, and much verse in Scots for children.
Lewis Spence was an occultist and an authority on ancient folklore and mythology. In his poetry chose often to use a version of Scots reminiscent of the 16th century makars.
It is sadly ironic that RLS, under whose pen Scotland and the Scottish character burst into life, was exiled to a life and death so far from his native land.
Several of the best-known poems telling of the awful impact of the First World War upon the people of Scotland came from the pen of Mary Symon from Dufftown, an eloquent writer on Banffshire customs and language.
Bill Tait was born in the Shetland island of Yell. He studied at Edinburgh University and taught English in Shetland, England and Dundee. His collected poems, published in 1980, were the culmination of 40 years of writing.
Raymond Vettese was born in Abroath, educated at Montrose Academy, and has two collections of poetry written in Scots.
George T. Watt was born in Clydebank, raised in Edinburgh, and lives in Dundee. He writes poetry in Scots.
Brian Whittingham is a poet, playwright and lecturer, whose poems have often focused on the theme of work.
Rab Wilson is a poet and Scots language activist from Ayrshire.