The Bards of ‘Let it Blaw’

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At a Committee Meeting on 19th December 1887, George Y. Robertson was appointed the first Bard of ‘Late it Blaw,’ The role of the Bard has changed a bit over the years but remains an important responsibility with today’s Bard’s Oration at the annual Supper often referring to a matter (or matters) of significance over the previous year. It can be serious or as humourous as the Bard chooses to make it.

Very few cronies have been honoured as Bard since George performed the Bard’s duties at our 1888 Supper.

George Y. Robertson

1888, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897. 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1913

The conscientious work of long-time Club Secretary John Fairbairn has ensured the Bard’s Oration of 1891 has survived. It can be read by clicking on the link below:

1891 – Ragged Rhymes

James Whitelaw

1889, 1890

John Davidson

1902, 1910, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919

In October 1913, a copy of John Davidson’s “Bard’s Oration” from 1910 was found in old papers. This gem of ‘Let if Blaw’ history highlights how the Club has changed very little over 100+ years. The last verse is as close as we have in writing to explain the origin of the name ‘Let it Blaw’ being related to an outburst relative to the weather at that first meeting . Take a moment to read how things were done in 1910. Does it all sound a bit familiar ?

1910 – A Crack tae the Club

George A. Shiels

1909
No Bard’s Orations from the hand of George Shiels have survived. However, one of his poems written in tribute to one of the Founders of ‘Let it Blaw’ is still with us and can be be viewed below:

Andrew Falconer

1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930

James Orr

1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937

Willie Shanks BEM

1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995

1975 – The Village Ha’

Jimmy Johnstone MBE

1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

1995 – Willie Shanks BEM

1996 – Letter frae America

1999 – The Supper

2000 – The Millennium

 

Bill Hill

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

2002 – Bard’s Eye View

2003 – Ode tae the Burns Supper

2006 – Coming to terms with Reality

2009 – The Broons

2011 – Blame the Bloody Trams

2012 – Referendum Day

Alex Hood

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

2013 – Nineteen-Eighyfour

2014 – Some Things are right Worthy of Thought

2015 – The ’45 Rebellion

2016 – The New P.A. System

2017 – Union Blues

2017 – Toast to ‘Let it Blaw’

Andy McGowan

2019, 2020

2019 – The AGM

2020 – Doonsizin’