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William Topaz McGonagall


1830 - 1902

Poet. An eccentric figure, born in Edinburgh, the son of an Irish weaver. McGonagall lived most of his life in Dundee. Revered as "The World's Worst Poet" composing such rhymes as "The Tay Bridge Disaster". He lies buried in a pauper's grave in Greyfriars kirkyard in Edinburgh, although a memorial was erected nearby by the McGonagall Society of Dundee in 1999.


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