Will H. Ogilvie achieved great popularity in both Scotland and Australia, where in his youth he worked as a stockman and rough-rider in the outback, and where he is given national status as a balladeer of the bush. His work ranges from hymns of praise to his homeland in the Scottish Borders, and narratives on Borders history and legend, to sporting verse (he is the master poet of the horse) and witty lines contributed to Punch. Will Ogilvie’s ashes were scattered on the road to Roberton, – the site of one of his most famous poems – and a memorial was erected in 1993.
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From the Library Catalogue