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David Rorie (1867-1946) - Poet

He was born on 17 March 1867 in Edinburgh, Scotland, but his childhood and most of his subsequent life were spent in Aberdeen. He studied medicine there and in Edinburgh, and his early career was spent as a colliery doctor in Fife, an experience that led to his first publication, the essay The Folk Lore of the Mining Folk of Fife. Between 1905 and 1933 he was a general practitioner in Cults near Aberdeen, his career being interrupted by World War I, during which he served with the 51st Highland Division in France. He was awarded the DSO in 1917 and the Legion d'Honneur in 1918 for his war work with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He died on 18 February 1946. Rorie was a lifelong student of the folklore and folk-song of the north-east, and the poem for which he is best known, The Lum hat wantin' the Croon, has long enjoyed the status of a folk-song.

Works; 'The Folk Lore of the Mining Folk of Fife', Country Folklore, vol.7, ed. J. E. Simkins (London, 1914); The Auld Doctor (1920); The Medico's Luck in the War (1929); The Lum Hat Wantin' the Croon (1935);A Bedfast Prophet (1937).

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