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A Bride for Heatherhill

By Joe Corrie


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Scottish Play: No. 195

From Wikipedia, Joe Corrie (13 May 1894 – 13 November 1968) was a Scottish miner, poet and playwright best known for his radical, working-class plays.

He was born in Slamannan, Stirlingshire in 1894. His family moved to Cardenden in the Fife coalfield when Corrie was still an infant and he started work at the pits in 1908. He died in Edinburgh in 1968.

Shortly after the First World War, Corrie started writing. His articles, sketches, short stories and poems were published in prominent socialist newspapers and journals, including Forward and The Miner.

Corrie's volumes of poetry include The Image O' God and Other Poems (1927), Rebel Poems (1932) and Scottish Pride and Other Poems (1955). T. S. Eliot wrote "Not since Burns has the voice of Scotland spoken with such authentic lyric note".  He turned to writing plays during the General Strike in 1926.

More information can be found on his Wikipedia page; Joe Corrie.


"Hoo could I rest beside my forefaithers wi' a clear conscience kennin' that my farm would pass into the hands o' a stranger when Tam passed awa'?".

That is old Adam Buchan's dilemma for his son, Tam, isn't the marrying kind, or is he interested in keeping the farm in the hands of the Buchan family where it has been for generations. The matter has become urgent for Adam because he is now distressed by a persistent cough. The woman he has in mind for a wife for Tam is Jean Lowrie, the level-headed daughter of a dairyman, whose life-ambition has been to be sole mistress of a farm. How she first wins Tam over to her, and then makes sure that Adam will hand over his farm to Tam the day after the wedding makes for good comedy.

A play that is easy to stage, and certain to win much laughter.