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Alexander Montgomery

Alexander Montgomery

Alexander Montgomery (1909-1978) was a son of Angus Montgomery and Mary Ann Macdonald, 2 Garyvard. 

In 1939 he married Catherine Kennedy, 24 Gravir. Alexander and Catherine settled at Kyle of Lochalsh and they had  three children.

He was a famous bard and wrote many poems and songs. Nurse Brown who was from Islay, lived in the Nurses house. She owned the first wireless in the village and Alasdair soon wrote a poem about her Marconi radio. The first two verses went as follows:-

Innleachdan Marconi air a bhord an tigh an Illeach
Bith cuisean an Roinn Eorpa gu doigheil air an innsidh
Cluinnidh tu weather forecast nuair bhios dochas ri droch thide
S'bith speech a League of Nations or ga leughadh a Geneva

Chluinn thu iasgach Yarmouth oir, an average 's na prìsean
Chluinn thu De Valera oir , is eighach Mussolini
Chluinn thu Mr Baldwin oirre, Gandhi 's Mr Eden
Ach 'nuair thig a steisan Fhrangach oir
A chaint cha tuig mi fhein i.

Title: Alexander Montgomery
Record Type: People
Gaelic Name: Alasdair Mor Mhaois
Date of Birth: 1909
Date of Death: 1978
Date of Marriage: 1939
Sex: Male
Bk Reference: CEP 4007
Record Maintained By: CEP
Subject Id: 50929