I have been wishing to write this post for a while now. It is about the life of John Halliday who was described as “a poet as well as a gardener”. John Halliday was born in Upper Teviotdale in 1820, but as a young man settled in Bridge of Allan and lived through the transitions of a village into the ‘Queen of Scottish Spas‘.
In July 1855, Charles Rogers introduced John Halliday as ‘The Poet of Bridge of Allan’:
He was buried beside his wife in Logie Churchyard.
It took 15 years before there was any written account of the life of John Halliday ‘poet and gardener’ [this was published in the Borders Chronicle, March 1917]: