- Launch of books by Dr Philip Robinson & James Fenton Duration: 04:22
- Tom Fleming reads from St Luke’s Gospel Duration: 01:27
- William Livingstone: ‘The Wearin’ o’ the Gleeks’ Duration: 04:12
- Jim Devenney on the Francis Makemie Summer School Duration: 04:17
- The Byers grave in Greyabbey graveyard Duration: 01:19
- Elma Wickins visits Greyabbey graveyard Duration: 06:12
Series 14 Programme 2
Liam Logan introduces this 100th programme in the Kist o Wurds series. The programme begins at the joint launch of the revised edition of Dr Philip Robinson’s Grammar of Ulster-Scots and James Fenton’s ‘The Hamely Tongue’, now in its third edition - both books put out by the Ullans Press. Ivan Herbison provides the introductory address at this event in the Stormont Hotel, put on jointly by the Ulster-Scots Agency and the Ulster-Scots Language Society.
Liam heads to Greyabbey next where he’s joined in the graveyard by Elma Wickins. Together, they visit some of the historic graves: one in memory of the McCartan family; that of the hanged clergyman, Rev James Porter; the poetic headstone of Jean Hay; and there’s a showbiz connection at the Bell grave, ancestors of the actress Hayley Mills. The Byers grave contains members of the Byers family mentioned in WG Lyttle’s ‘Betsy Gray & the Hearts of Down’. ‘ Elma points out there are no Montgomery family graves in this graveyard because they are all buried in the Abbey itself.
Next Liam is off to Cullybackey to meet William Livingstone, the caretaker at Buick Memorial Primary School. William introduces and reads his poem, ‘The Wearin’ o’ the Gleeks’.
After 350 years, one of Ulster Presbyterianism’s leading lights gets his own summer school. Jim Devenney tells Liam more about the Francis Makemie event which takes place at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny from April 27th -29th. It commences with a launch and an evening of music and crack on Friday; keynote speakers on the Saturday followed by dinner and entertainment including Bluegrass Music from the Broken String Band. On the Sunday, there will be a tour of early historical sites of east Donegal along with a visit to Monreagh Church for unaccompanied singing of the psalms. More information is available at www.eastdonegalulsterscots.com.
The Scots Language Centre in Perth have put some of St Luke’s Gospel online: to mark Easter, we hear Tom Fleming reading the story of Jesus going into Jerusalem. www.scotslanguage.com