Song author discovered

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Dumfries male Voice Choir member Bill Welsh contacted the Galloway Gazette this week to say thanks after the mystery of who wrote the song “Come by the Lovely Hills of Galloway” was solved.

Bill’s letter in last week’s paper asked readers to identify who wrote the words of the song. He said that he had three different names at one point, but that Nigel Mearns phoned him to say the person he was looking for was Janette Sloan from Leswalt. He got in touch with Janette who confirmed she was the person he was looking for. She said she had written to words to fit the tune of Highland Cathedral to play at the ordination of the new minister coming to Leswalt after he told her he was very fond of the tune.