The History of Leith

April 1, 2011

Robert Gilfillan

Robert Gilfillan was well known in Leith as a poet of more than average ability. He was
Collector of Poor Rates and bard to the Grand Lodge of Scotland and enjoyed the acquaintance and friendship of the Ettrick Shepherd. A book of his poems was published in 1839 and many of his songs have been set to music, for example the exile’s song, ” 0 why left I my hame 7 ” He died in 1850 and was buried in South Leith Churchyard where an elegant monument, erected by friends, marks his grave.)

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