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Sangs O' Bairns an' Hame :SIGNED COPY Chapman Craig : Dunfermline Scottish Songs & Poems

Sangs O' Bairns an' Hame :SIGNED COPY Chapman Craig : Dunfermline Scottish Songs & Poems

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Sangs O'Bairns An' Hame

By James Chapman Craig

Published by J & J Gray & Co, Edinburgh, 1909. First Edition. A signed presentation copy from the author to Lodge Canongate Kilwinning. Hardback green cloth with gilt title, 244 pages.


A good clean copy throughout. Cloth binding is in good condition. Endpapers good. Pages clean throughout but with some light spotting to the prelims. No names or writing to the book other than that of the author's inscription to the half-title page. Overall very good.

James Chapman Craig was born on the 20th of November, 1859, in New Row, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland to James Craig (Confectioner) and Catherine Chapman who married in Dunfermline on the 2nd of March, 1858. James Jnr. was one of nine children born to James Snr. and Catherine by 1873 – the others being, Thomas, Mary, Isabella, Robert, John, a second Thomas on the death of the first Thomas, Ann and Robina.

By 1881 the family had settled in 129 1/2 High Street, Dunfermline and comprised, James CRAIG aged 45 (Confectioner Employing 2 Men) born in Pathhead, Fife; Catherine Chapman CRAIG his wife aged 44 born in Dunfermline, Fife; James Chapman CRAIG (Confectioner) his son aged 21 born in Dunfermline, Fife; Isabella Oswald CRAIG (Confectioner’s Shopkeeper) his daughter aged 18 born in Dunfermline, Fife; Ann Chapman CRAIG (At School) his daughter aged 9 born in Dysart, Fife; and Robina CRAIG (At School) his daughter aged 7 born in Dunfermline, Fife.

James Chapman Craig married Isabella Mitchell Younger in Dunfermline in 1883, and, by 1891, at 131 High Street, Dunfermline, their family comprised, himself, aged 31 (Confectioner and Pastry Baker), his wife Isabella, aged 31, son James aged 7, son Alexander aged 6, daughter Isabella aged 3 and son Robert aged 2.

By 1901, then at 133 High Street, Dunfermline, two more children had been born to James and Isabella, namely, William then aged 9 and Jane then aged 2.

It is clear, by this time at least, that James Chapman Craig had been composing many poems about his family’s lives. The evidence of this appears in the here listed book.
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