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Thread #143902   Message #3351276
Posted By: GUEST,Jim I
15-May-12 - 05:36 PM
Thread Name: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
Subject: RE: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
This is not particularly important but…

George Scroggie who wrote the poem Farewell to Tarwathie was never a miller.

He was a farm labourer when he was young but later became a book deliverer and then a Wesleyan Missionary. He moved to Manchester in the late 1860s and then to Plymouth in the early 1870s where he remained until at least 1901 in which census he was a preacher and town missionary.

I believe the story about the miller came about through George's son, George, who did become a miller and was miller at Federate in the 1870s.

George Scroggie (senior) was a son of Alexander Scroggie and Mary Mutch. Mary's brother Robert was my great, great, great, great grandfather and I have included the Scroggies in my family tree researches because of the connection with the song.