Originally published in 1899, this collection of poems and songs by Montrose resident William F McHardy was forgotten for more than a century until the author’s great-great-grandson, Bob McHardy, rediscovered it and decided to republish it in memory of his ancestor and to raise some money for charity.  This facsimile edition is a faithful paperback reproduction of the original book which was published in Montrose by George A. Bowman. The book is also being re-issued to coincide with the 70th birthday of the author’s great-grandson, Robert (Bob’s father.)

The original introduction to the book contains a loving description of old Montrose in 1899 which will fascinate today’s inhabitants of the town – and, despite dating back to the end of the 19th Century, the poems in this book brim over with timeless themes that still resonate with us today in our 21st Century world.


Celebrations in bonnie Montrose on Saturday 6th Dec 2014 (12 noon – 3pm)

Please join the McHardy family in Montrose at events to celebrate publication of the book.

To the accompaniment of bagpipes – and with plenty of photo-opportunities too – Bob McHardy and the family would be delighted if you could join them between 11am and 3pm in Montrose on 6th Dec 2014.

The celebrations (which include light refreshments) will be centred at Tesco’s supermarket, Western Road, Montrose, Angus DD10 8LW but (with a piper escort) will also be visiting the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK shops in the high street between 12 noon and 2pm – look for the balloons!  Both charities will receive donations from the sale of the book.

The day’s celebrations will conclude back at Tesco’s. (Tesco’s nominated charity for this year will also be receiving donations from sales of the book. Several members of the McHardy family are Tesco’s employees.)