Poem – Farewell to Craigmore, Hamilton Dickson Martin, Randalstown

Hamilton Dickson Martin, 1789-1855, was a teacher from Craigmore in Randalstown.  In 1810, his 21st year, he left for the New World.  But before leaving, he penned the following poem.  There had clearly been a parting of the ways with his girlfriend and he was upset.

Many thanks to Valerie Kerr, who tells me that the poem was written by Hamilton Dickson Malcom/Malcolm, not Martin. He died on the 27th July 1872.
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Farewell to Craigmore and the glen and the glade;

Where oft in my childhood so carelessly played.

Farewell to friends that bosom holds dear;

How can at parting refrain the salt tear.

And you lovely Randalstown, the pride of the plain;

I thought that your heart was both faithful and just;

But alas I have found you untrue to your trust.

And since you proved false love, forever adieu;

No more shall my heart be held captive by you.

No more shall your smile give a joy to my breast;

Which the lover may feel though it can’t be expressed.

To my friends which I leave on Erin’s green isle;

I wish peace and plenty upon them may smile.

And wherever I wander by sea or by shore;

I’ll still drop a tear when I think of Craigmore.





"I have spread my dreams beneath your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."

3 thoughts on “Poem – Farewell to Craigmore, Hamilton Dickson Martin, Randalstown

    1. Many thanks Valerie. I rechecked my old newspaper and I had correctly transcribed it as it was in the paper. The newspaper must have got the details wrong.

      I will add in your update. Many thanks.

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