THE author of this little volume is so well known throughout the length and breadth of Scotland as a playwriter that it requires no words of mine to commend this further literary effort of his.
I regard it as a happy thought when, in the interests of my newspaper I invited Joe Corrie to contribute the following sketches to the columns of "The Galloway Gazette." They fulfilled my desire to provide an attractive feature for my newspaper and were read with eager interest at home and abroad.
It is, however, not only as a writer of plays that Mr Corrie is well known but also as a poet and a recent volume of poetry published by us for him met with a remarkable response as I have no doubt this further effort of his now in more permanent form will also.
I had not lost sight of my intention to reproduce his sketches in hook form and I am confident that now that this has been done they will be re-read with renewed zest by many who followed them from week to week in the columns of "The Galloway Gazette" and that they will he equally enjoyed by other readers under whose notice they may come for the first time.
J RIDLEY BROWN.
I wrote these sketches for "The Galloway Gazette," I did so in the hope that they might be used as readings from the platform, as well as affording a pleasant hour, I hope, for the ordinary reader.
The writing of them brought back many memories, both gay and sad, of visits I have paid to Galloway all my life. My Mother was a Galloway woman, and no matter how poor we were when I was a boy there was always my train-fare from Fife to Newton Stewart when the school holidays came round. Once in Newton Stewart Galloway kindness provided the rest.
There have been many changes since those far-off days, but there has been no change in the kindness of heart of the Gallovidian, and very little change in the speech,-in my opinion, the sweetest in the whole of Scotland. Nor has there been any change in the sense of humour, which, in some parts, is quite unique
The people I have written about are purely imaginary, although, no doubt, some of the elderly characters I knew fifty years ago, and have now passed to the great Beyond, will have given me some of the ideas, and humour, and pathos, too, which I have used, for the folk of Galloway have always had tears as well as laughter to express their emotions.
To J Ridley Brown, Editor of "The Galloway Gazette." I tender by gratitude for bringing the sketches to the notice of the public. And I hope the reader gleans as much pleasure reading them as I did when writing them.