PRESERVING THE PAST . . . . FOR THE FUTURE
There are two poems written about the Galston / Sorn Road. Sweet Bogha' and The Clay Mine. (pronounced locally as CLI, rhymes with the first syllable of pint)
Bogha' was on the bends on the Sorn / Galston road where the layby is on the Galston side of Middleyard / Meikleyard.
Langside Farm sits at the top of the Killochead Road, also on the Sorn / Galston Road, on the Sorn side of Meikleyard. Driving up the road, you pass Killochead, Wynds, Alwyn and March House before you come to Langside. The track to the left at Alwyn took you down to the old "Cli" mine. (Clay mine). The source of the poem has long since been forgotton, and sadly in all the family photos from the Baird's, Taylor's and Forbes' that lived at Wynds, Langside and Alwyn, there is not a single photograph with the Clay Mine in the background. A serious oversight I feel.
the writers time, it is recalled that "Granny Baird" used to
tell us as boys that there were two giants living there. Obviously to
discourage us from snooping about the place.
stop your horse at Sweet Bogha'
your tooral-addie and your tooral braw
McKelvie sings o' his dear Nan
like the widow's haun tae squeeze
the widow's nice the widows braw
Bella's very nice tae me
been tae mony a country farm
it is nae use withoot a wife
THE CLAY MINE
have heard about this Clay mine
leave the yard at 7 am
Crookedholm then Hurlford town
on we go through Cessnock Woods
clay is howked at Langside Mine
I am passing Crosshands school
jack it up and work away
land down at the Garrochburn
got back up to Langside Mine