Thomas Given of Cullybackey

Last published 106 years ago I thought it was about time one of Thomas Given’s Ulster-Scots poems saw light of day on the internet. I’ve deliberately chosen a short one.

To Miss Todd

Ken ye oucht o’ modest mien,

Mansion rare whar beauty lingers,
Dimples loupin’ in between,
Sowing smiles wae sunny fingers;
What though native tae the soe,
Rarely here we scan their musters,
Except within thy smile, Miss Todd,

Roon which they thrive an’ grow in clusters.

This poem was

“Written extempore on receiving kindness at the Ballymena Observer Office from the above-mentioned young lady.”

Thomas Given


My name is Peter Holloway and having lived in Southport, England for 20 years, followed by a couple of years back in Northern Ireland I'm now working as an IT Manager in West Sussex. I was born in Northern Ireland and raised in the suburbs of Belfast just off the Saintfield Road, attended Cairnshill Primary School and Annadale Grammar School. I studied for a London University BD at Belfast Bible College.