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William Nicholson

William Nicholson

William Nicholson, the 'Bard of Galloway', was born near Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire in 1783. Through his mother he developed a fascination with local songs and stories and he began composing his own songs at an early age. Short-sightedness made him unfit for farm work so he became a packman, travelling throughout Ayrshire and Galloway with a stock of combs, thimbles and fabrics. He played dances and songs on a pair of pipes to attract and entertain his audiences.

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