Chronological List of Poems

Here are all 245 McGonagall poems published on this site, listed by month and year of composition. If you’d like to see them listed chronologically according to the events they describe, consult the McGonagall Calendar instead.

1877

1878

1879

1880

1881

1882

1883

1884

1885

1886

1887

1888

1889

1890

1891

1892

1893

1894

1895

1896

1897

1898

1899

1900

1901

1902

Date Unknown

Credits

The dates on this page are drawn from Norman Watson’s careful research in his book Poet McGonagall.

Comments (5) »

  1. Adrian Peel
    In the year 2015, on the 23rd day of April at 1:08 pm

    I heard the following 2 poems in Dundee. Is either a true poem of McGonagall?

    No but No
    Aye but aye
    I’m away doon the road
    Fer a cupper tea and a pie.

    As I was coming doon the road.
    I saw a coo, a bull by God!

  2. Chris Hunt
    In the year 2015, on the 24th day of April at 9:14 am

    No, Adrian, you’re a victim of the “if it’s a bad Scottish poem, it must be by McGonagall” fallacy. He’s not responsible for every bit of doggerel penned north of the border.

    Just most of it.

  3. BonnieBlack
    In the year 2015, on the 8th day of July at 2:40 am

    Did McGonagall really miss commemorating the 05 April 1902 Ibrox disaster, or could there be a missing poem out there somewhere?

  4. Rod Paddock
    In the year 2016, on the 4th day of August at 1:06 pm

    I’ve known the following couplet for donkey’s years. Is it from a McGonagall poem on Queen Victoria’s funeral?

    Dust to dust, ashes to ashes,
    Into the tomb the great queen dashes

  5. Chris Hunt
    In the year 2016, on the 4th day of August at 4:17 pm

    The only poem we have related to the end of Victoria’s life is The Death of the Queen, and that neither covers her funeral of contains those lines. So I’d assign that to the “all doggerel = McGonagall” myth pile.

    A little Googling assigns that couplet to an unnamed Indian poet. This article, for example: An Anatomy of Abuses: Why Bad Poetry is Bad

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