The Gleanings by Glenner (George Rodger)

A book of poetry from “The Glenner”, who also seems to have been known as “George Rodger”. Though many of the poems are not specifically about Glenshee or Strathardle, they give a good flavour of life “up the glens”. Specific pages to look out for include:

Strathardle Ploughing Match at Dalreoch  Page 34

Straloch  Page 35

Bridge of Cally  Page 70 and its PTA  Page 46

Starthardle Gathering – all the different aspects  – Page 48 onwards, and a shorter poem Page 62

Log Cabin Hotel Page 68, and as the Edelweiss Page 90

Blackwater Hall  Page 74

Strathardle Sheepdog trials Page 80

Enochdhu Social Club  Page 84

Glenkilry  Page 86

This page was added by Sally Gingell on 12/02/2016.

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  • Hi, “Glenner” is actually “The Glenner”, George Rodger, my great-uncle. Maybe the write-up could be amended? Thanks.

    By Helen Iredale (14/11/2019)
  • Glenner was my Grandpa, Geordie Rodger. Glenner was the pen name he used when submitting poems to the Blairie. This is his first self-published book – when he published a second one he wanted to keep the alliterative theme and called it Rustic Rhymes by Rodger. He lived at the Croft of Dounie on the road into Kirkmichael from Bridge of Cally (A924). Apparently the long straight stretch of the road that the Croft stands on was known for many years by locals as Geordie’s Straight. He was much in demand at Burn’s nights up and down the Glen – I was fortunate enough to attend one many years ago where he ‘performed’. He passed away in 1980 at the age of 72. There is the Geordie Rodger Trophy at the Strathardle Highland Gathering (the Games) for the best local heavyweight. Grandpa coached the tug-o-war team for many years. He also completed in ploughing matches from when they were horse drawn through to the tractor. His last tractor has also made an appearance at the Games in the last few years in the Vintage Vehicle section.

    By Carol Coventry (22/03/2016)

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